Updates, blog posts and events from THIRST

THIRST brings you a range of news, analysis and events to help you keep track of human rights and environmental developments in the tea industry around the world. These include announcements of new publications and events such as discussions on topical issues, monthly news updates and thought provoking blogs. We welcome news, guest blogs and suggestions of topics for future TEA Talks from all sections of the tea sector – but especially civil society.

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THIRST News Update – June 2023

Highlights:  Image: Protesters buried in smoke after police fired teargas to disperse them at the Brooke trading centre in Kericho on May 21. Vitalis Kimutai | Nation Media Group Help THIRST […]
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THIRST’s response to BHRRC’s new report

THIRST provided comments to the introduction of BHRRC’s new report, Boiling Point – Strengthening corporate accountability in the tea industry, but had not seen the full report until its publication […]
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THIRST News Update – May 2023

Highlights: THIRST guest blog calls for end to GBV in supply chains; weather extremes from drought to storm impacting tea across continents; worsening cost-price imbalance in tea leads to vicious […]
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Rising stronger in the face of failures

“There is no place in our world or our supply chains for gender based violence and harassment. No place in our world for men to demand sex for work. It […]
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THIRST News Update – April 2023

Highlights: Climate change threatens longterm viability of tea; activist supporting Kenya sexual exploitation vicitms dies; women tea workers suffer greater health hazards; tea producer threatens to pull supermarket products over […]
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Hear no evil, see no evil – gender issues in the tea industry

A guest blog by Michael Pennant-Jones. The recent BBC documentary Panorama -Sex for work: The true cost of our tea, has thrown a spotlight on gender-based violence in the Kenyan […]
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When women roar,  the world listens… so keep roaring!

This International Women’s Day, as the newspapers report that it will take 300 years to reach gender equality, and about the sexual exploitation of women on Kenyan tea plantations (reminding […]
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THIRST News Update – March 2023

Highlights: BBC exposé of widespread sexual abuse in Kenyan tea plantations: stakeholder responses. Supermarkets publish HRIAs on tea supply. W Bengal gov gives land rights & housing to tea workers. […]
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Why did all those policies, procedures and trainings fail to protect women in Kenyan tea?

A few years ago, there was one company that stood out as having the best record in levelling up the power imbalance between women and men working in tea. It […]
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THIRST News Update – January/February 2023

Highlights: Precarious tea livelihoods resulting in strikes, absenteeism; battle continues for improved housing & land rights; increasing efforts to tackle climate impacts in tea; wide range of civil society and […]

THIRST Trustee recruitment

THIRST is governed by a Board of Trustees which currently has six members. Between them they bring a wide range of valuable expertise, knowledge and connections to the organisation in […]
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THIRST News Update – December 2022

Highlights: Repatriated Sri Lankan tea workers at risk of redundancy, homelessness;  to poverty and other problems for tea workers and farmers persist; solutions offered include tech, training, family friendly policies, […]
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