How direct trade improves conditions for worker in the tea trade

August 11, 2021 1 min read

When it comes to tea, the people (farmers & workers), the earth, and the economy are connected. Like trade of other commodities, establishing house rules and a minimum living wage boost tea farm owners and workers conditions across the world. It implies a mutual benefit from the trader and the farmer through a transparent trade contract.

Direct tea trade means selling and buying tea without intermediaries,  building direct relationships with tea farmers, and having no exploitation.

Benefits of direct trade that have improved the tea workers include:

  • Establishing social amenities such as hospitals, schools, and houses within the tea-growing areas benefits the farmers' community.
  • It is economical for farmers, thus improving their living conditions by getting a fair price for their tea without compensating middlemen and brokers.
  • Direct tea trade enhances environmentally friendly choices by farmers through proper compensation that enables them to practice sustainability.
  • Social protection. When farmers are paid worthy dues for their product, they protect their workers and give them good wages that translate to an excellent social relationship amongst them.