The aim of the project is to strengthen the knowledge-base of tea small-holders and rejuvenate smallholdings in Indonesia and Bangladesh for enhanced productivity and quality improvement by producing high quality leaf that is free of extraneous chemical residues. The project also aims to strengthen the bargaining position of the low income small holder tea farmers in the value chain for higher remuneration and will therefore have consequent impact on alleviation of poverty and unemployment, bringing about a social upliftment in the life style of the poor farmers in the two countries. The project has become fully operational in Indonesia since early 2010 but in Bangladesh the activities have not started. The baseline study in both countries was completed and series of trainings were conducted. Self Help Groups (SHGs) were organized and fertilizer for participating farmers was distributed.
In Indonesia, soil conservation measures, environmentally friendly and integrated good agricultural practices are intensively practiced. SHG unions are introduced in each region. All the SHG unions have established partnership linkages with green tea processing factories. Revolving fund has been established in all 3 project regions and some funds have been collected by the SHG unions. Trainings, workshops and on-farm advisory visits have been extensively conducted. Up to now 47 trainings and workshops with 1485 participants in project areas have been carried out on all aspects of tea cultivation. About 40 mobile and 20 fixed leaf collection centers and 3 transport vehicles have been set up.