A two-day Learning and Sustainability Workshop with the theme "Healthier Tea Communities" took place in Mulanje, Malawi, on June 26-27, 2023. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), and Tea Association of Malawi (TAML), the event aimed to address nutrition and healthier diets in tea communities.
Day 1 started with registration and networking opportunities, followed by introductory remarks from the conference moderator. Representatives from ETP and GAIN outlined the workshop's objectives, and Mr. Sangwani Hara, Chairperson of the TAML Board, gave the official opening remarks. Presentations covered the global and local perspectives on; "Healthier Diets for Everyone in Tea Communities".
The workshop included evaluation findings for the Estate Workers and Smallholder Farmer Programs. Breakout sessions discussed successes, challenges, and alignment with evaluation findings.
Image 1: Group Photo of Workshop Participants.
Image 2: Fortified Maize Mix from the Esperanza Estate Mill.
Image 3: A smallholder farmer Community member, demonstrates proper hand washing techniques.
During a field visit to Esperanza Estate, participants witnessed the impact of the GAIN program in the community. The smallholder community showcased kitchen gardens and demonstrated hygiene practices they learned, impressing the delegation with their knowledge of nutrition and hygiene.
The workshop concluded with closing remarks from TAML, summarizing the workshop outcomes and discussions. The event proved to be a valuable platform for stakeholders to collaborate, share knowledge, and identify actionable steps for sustainable interventions in tea communities. GAIN and ETP were commended for their commitment to improving the well-being of tea communities.
The workshop's insights and recommendations will play a pivotal role in fostering healthier and more prosperous tea communities in Malawi and beyond. The event is expected to pave the way for future initiatives and interventions in the tea sector, promoting the health and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers in Malawi.