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.
ISLA Kenya participated in this year’s Rhino Charge event as a Venue Check-in Sponsor to increase awareness for forest conservation and increase its visibility at this event which is associated with forest and wild life protection.
IDH signed a partnership with Safaricom Foundation to help protect the South West Mau Forest, an important water catchment area. Addressing forest degradation will enhance the ecosystem services required in the production of tea and other crops’
Over 85,000 farmers have been trained on sustainable agricultural practices and Rainforest Alliance certification through Farmer Field Schools (FFS), including over 45,000 women (53%). Resulting in income diversification, higher yields and health, food and nutrition improvements.
Up-scaling and embedding sustainability in KTDA smallholder tea production