Currently there are over 500 KTDA (Kenyan Tea Development Agency) Farmer Field Schools in Kenya. Small scale tea farmers learn to grow tea more sustainably, which proven to increase their yields. They also learn how to grow other crops like cabbages, tomatoes and carrots. This adds to their income and increases the food security in the region.
The objective is to fully embed sustainable agricultural practices in KTDA small scale tea production. KTDA will further roll out its Farmer Field School methodology to embed sustainability in the organisation structure. The partnership will combine the Rainforest Alliance trainings with the Farmer Field School (FFS) trainings to maximize sustainable impact. The aim is to certify 560.000 KTDA farmers (65 KTDA tea factories), and drive solid social issues both on factory and on farm level.
By fully integrating the approaches of FFS and Rainforest Alliance certification, FFS will be the backbone of the certification process. Deeper learning by the FFS is expected to deliver more benefits. Through this program, KTDA will have developed enough capacity to self sustain the FFS extension services and RA certification.
An end-term impact study is to be finalized and results will be shared soon.
Up-scaling and embedding sustainability in KTDA smallholder tea production