received the World Tea Award for Best Sustainability Initiative for The
Small Farmers Tea Project's black tea in 2019.
The Small Farmers Tea Project
mission: "Empowerment of village communities especially the tribal, women and
the marginal farmers towards sustainable development by conserving and enhancing
local resources in order to have fullness of life."
Small Farmers Tea Project is a consortium of 1,088 tea farmers who have been
divided into 50 groups varying from 15-30 farmers depending on locality. The
general body of these farmers has elected group leaders, coordinators and model
farmers for each group. Freshly picked tea leaves are collected by consortium
members in five zones then sent to a central factory for processing. Extra
premiums earned by the consortium are used only for social and community
development. The overall objective of
The Small Farmers Tea Project is to improve the living conditions of small and
marginal farmers in the Idukki District by income generating measures through
organic tea cultivation and processing. In addition, strong emphasis is placed
on empowering the women in the communities and on social
projects including education of children, improving and in some cases
implementing public utilities services such as drinking water, by providing
medical and health awareness and old age pensions.
This tea is similar in taste and appearance to
Nilgiri yet has a unique aroma and subtle flavour akin to honey and toast. The
brisk, light-medium bodied, bright copper hued tea is ideal for an afternoon
cuppa. And with such a story behind these leaves, each sip is full of delicious