Report of the Working Group on Tea Smallholders

Report of the Working Group on Tea Smallholders

Report of the Working Group on Tea Smallholders Smallholders have a prominent place in tea sector. Small holders constitute 73% in Sri Lanka, 60% in Kenya, 47% in Indonesia and 36% in India. Core issue affecting the small holders globally is the price realisation. Experience of countries like Kenya,

Sri Lanka etc in establishing small grower authorities have not helped in better price realisation. In most countries, quality is an issue that needs to be addressed. More and more countries and large players are insisting on certification and therefore small holders too have no option but to fall in line. While certifying agencies ensure that the growers follow all statutory norms, adhere to the safety standards, pay the minimum wages prevailing in that region to the workers etc., there is no guarantee that they help in getting

at least cost of production to the producers In order to strengthen the small grower sector, it was felt necessary to have an organised International set up and in that direction formation of Confederation of International Tea Small holders (CITS) was mooted. Establishment of CITS Direction and supervision of

FAO /IGG on Tea Support of Tea Boards and Tea Farmer Associations" as a prospective members The Working Group on Tea Smallholders Establishment of

a Confederation of International Tea Smallholder (CITS) Involvement of the producing countries governments Proposed Goals of CITS 1. Forum for the development of policies and solutions to strengthen the global tea smallholder sector. by acting as a convener, catalyst and source of reference, so as to improve

the consistency of tea policy-making on a global level. 2. Market access. To enhance market accessability by providing statistics, research studies and other information on the world tea economy, thereby reducing transaction costs to the benefit of all components of the tea supply chain and enabling economic decisions to be taken on the basis of accurate and timely data. 3. Development of communications, public outreach and dissemination of knowledge. To encourage the development of communications, public outreach and dissemination of knowledge on the world tea economy, through project activities, microcredit programmes, workshops, training, and other forms of knowledge sharing; and seeking finance for these activities.

4. Sustainable tea smallholder sector. To promote the development of a sustainable global tea smallholder sector, thereby contributing to its environmental sustainability, as well as generating increased income and employment, and improved living standards and working conditions in Member countries. Proposed Organizational Structure of CITS Proposed Secretariat Sructure Office of Executive Director

Operation Division Administratio n Division Council Secretariat Personnel & Office Management Economics

Finance & IT Statistics Council Secretariat International Tea Smallholder Conference Consultative Forum on Tea Smallholder

Sector Finance Promotion & Market Development Committee Finance & Administration Committee Statistics Committee Project Committee

In order to take forward the proposal, the support of a consultant is necessary. The issue need to be addressed in this regard is funding Consultant should assist in developing a marketing arrangement with the help of producers and consuming countries associations

involved in tea matters to market the teas of small grower sector directly Thank You

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