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NCF: ADAPTea: Climate Change Adaptation for FAIRTRADE Tea Producers in East Africa [NDF C3 D11]

Fairtrade tea producer. Photo: Fairtrade Africa
23.09.2013
The project introduced a set of activities to boost the adaptive capacity and climate resilience of small Fairtrade tea producer organisations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda
ADAPTea: Climate Change Adaptation for FAIRTRADE Tea Producers in East Africa
Ref: NDF C3 D11

Nordic Partner: The Foundation Vi Planterar Träd (Vi-Skogen)
Local Partner: Africa Fairtrade Network (Fairtrade Africa) and Vi Agroforestry
Other Partners: Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO)
Total Project Cost: EUR 651,734
NCF Financing: EUR 444,936
Agreement Signed: 5 March 2013
Project Classification: Adaptation
Duration: 24 Months

Project Objective
The goal of the project was to build the adaptive capacity and resilience of small Fairtrade tea producer organisations in East Africa.

Description
The project has boosted the adaptive capacity and climate resilience of small Fairtrade tea producer organisations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. As a result of the project, Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) practices have been integrated into small-holder farming systems reaching some 14,000 farmers from 21 Fairtrade tea producer organisations. New practices aim to increase yields in a sustainable manner, build resilience in production and provide additional ecosystem services such as fruits, timber and seedlings. Furthermore, the project has supported Fairtrade producers to develop adaptation risk and opportunity assessments (ROA), and developed functional online and SMS communication platforms to make SALM information and other resources available to a wide range of farmers across East Africa.

The project worked for three main goals:

i) Support Fairtrade producers in developing adaptation risk and opportunity assessments as the basis for their contingency planning, disaster preparedness and risk management.
ii) Implement sustainable land-use management practices, including agroforestry and soil and water conservation.
iii) Create a climate change aware supply chain, where commercial actors along the entire tea supply chain takes an active role in making investments in climate change adaptation.
Relevance for Climate Change

The project has encouraged early adaptation practices in order to reduce climate change-related risks and strengthen the economic situation of the tea producers. Agro-forestry offers additional income from timber, shade for the tea bushes, while multipurpose trees can further provide additional benefits such as fruits and nitrogen fixing bacteria. The use of agro-forestry has built resilience of already vulnerable communities and helped them to cope with the challenges of climate change. Engaging the entire supply chain has drawd participation from the commercial actors and demonstrated the benefits of early intervention in securing supply to meet customer demand now and in the future.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer
This project has added a new environmental adaptation component to Fairtrade producers, who already have economic and social resilience aspects integrated in their production through Fairtrade standards. The ‘farmers first’ approach and the direct involvement of beneficiaries has ensured participatory processes and supported further replication.

More information
Vi-Skogen
Fairtrade Africa
Vi Agroforestry
FLO

NCF3 Vi Skogen Final Report