Mon, Sep 28, 2015 - 9:53am

Human Rights Abuses Found on Tea Plantations: Read the BBC’s Disturbing Report

Small Farmers, Big Change
September 28, 2015

By Leif Rawson-Ahern, Tea Supply Chain Developer
On September 8, the BBC posted a heartbreaking account of the living and working conditions at the Doomur Dullung plantation, in Assam, India. BBC journalists uncovered tea plantation workers and their families living and working in shocking conditions. They found workers living in dilapidated homes with no access to toilets and drinking water contaminated by raw sewage. Child labor violations, dangerous working conditions, and rampant malnutrition and disease were all too-commonly reported and verified.

Sun, Aug 9, 2015 - 8:46pm

Regeneration: Global Transformation in Catastrophic Times

Small Farmers, Big Change
August 9, 2015

For years now, our small farmer co-op partners have been struggling to keep their land, continue farming, supply us with high quality products, provide food for their families, and earn a dignified livelihood.  They have to do this for the most part without support from public or private sectors.  Governments have generally disinvested in agriculture, particularly small scale agriculture, banks don’t lend to campesinos or small-scale co-operative enterprises, resources for training and technical assistance are virtually non-existent.

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