Climate change

Sustainable agriculture


Involving farmers in sustainability

Climate change, as a result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity, is one of the biggest threats to sustainable agriculture. Unless early efforts are made to help farmers adapt, the consequences on tea and coffee production are likely to be severe and impact price and quality. These include unpredictable rainfall patterns, delayed rains and drought, flooding and soil erosion, warmer temperatures, wilting of crops, increased pests, and disease incidences.

Tata Consumer Products is collaborating with various partners, such as Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and Solidaridad, to help tea farmers and producers increase their resilience to the effects of climate change. Farmers are trained on a range of sustainable agricultural practices, such as soil management, drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting and fuel wood conservation, which are most important to their specific situation. Similar training is being implemented through the Trustea programme by Solidaridad, with Indian farmers.