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 - September/October 2021

Kenya’s radical proposal for tea price and  income stabilisation fund. Indian gov set to amend 1953 Tea Act. Thriving Indian tea workers’ cooperative destroyed by commercial interests. Image: Sandip Saha. […]
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TEA Talk: Can tea and forests healthily co-exist?

Does tea cultivation have to mean the destruction of forests? And if forests are conserved how will communities that depend on them live? About this event As we get closer […]
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Monthly update - August 2021

Companies step in as lives ruined by climate emergency & COVID-19. Experts debate woke-washing & certification. Workers fight on for decent wages, housing, job security. Children trafficked in Sri Lanka […]
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Monthly Update - July 2021

Vaccinations reaching tea workers, but lockdowns still affecting work. Small tea growers from India to Kenya experiment with minimum prices. Kenyan tea mechinisation driving joblessness. Girl’s death highlights trafficking from […]
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Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Tea Sector

THIRST is embarking on a human rights impact assessment of the tea sector. Working with civil society and industry across the world, it is seeking to understand how the human […]
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Monthly Update - June 2021

COVID-19 continues to plague India’s tea workers and impact global tea sales. Wage protests persist across several tea growing areas. Small tea growers in Kenya, Bangladesh & India struggle to […]
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Monthly Update - May 2021

THIRST News THIRST for spreading awareness This month, THIRST has featured on Jing Tea’s website and the Tea For Me blog, sharing thoughts on sustainability and human rights in tea […]
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THIRST's Human Rights Impact Assessment of the global tea sector

Tea Biz reports on THIRST’s plan to launch a ground-breaking three year Human Rights Impact Assessment of the global tea sector. Assessing Human Rights in Tea
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TEA Talks 5: Technology, Transparency and Tea

The tea industry is an ancient and traditional one, but even tea is beginning to open up to technological innovations. Some of these are helping to improve transparency on India’s […]
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Is there a role for co-operatives in the tea industry?

Following the TEA Talk, Are Tea Cooperatives Better for Human Rights? Stirling Smith explores the history and efficacy of cooperatives in improving conditions for tea farmers and former plantation workers. […]
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TEA Talk: Can speciality tea be a force for good/change?

While the conventional tea trade has continued along its well worn path of vast tea plantations housing and employing thousands of workers to supply the world with most of its […]
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TEA Talk: Are tea cooperatives better for human rights?

In February’s THIRST TEA Talk, Dr Miriam Wenner of Goettingen University shared the findings of her research on two tea cooperatives in Darjeeling. It concludes that how a cooperative is […]