indonesia tea plantation


Despite making considerable progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, challenges in Indonesia remain, especially in rural tea growing communities.

Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and the 7th biggest producer of tea in the world.

In Indonesia, tea is mostly produced in plantations, with only 36% of tea produced by smallholder farmers.

Approximately 300,000 people work in tea in the country, including more than 100,000 smallholder farmers who manage nearly 50% of the tea-producing land.

ETP’s Indonesia Country Plan aims to establish ETP as a convenor of Indonesia’s tea stakeholders and a catalyst for multi-stakeholder partnerships to ensure sustainable improvements for the sector.

Facts & figures

More than 8% of people in West Java, the major tea producing region in Indonesia, live in poverty.

Women earn 23% less on average than men with the same education level.

Stricter regulations on acceptable levels of contamination caused a 20% reduction in tea exported from Indonesia in 2015.

Regional priorities

ETP’s projects collaborate with state-managed and privately-owned producer companies to promote transformative leadership and the participatory approach.

Private sector change
ETP seeks opportunities to increase stakeholder engagement and participation in discussions on quality improvements in tea in Indonesia.

In 2025, ETP will complete a legislative and policy review and action plan to guide ETP’s policy work in the country.

Indonesia Country Plan Executive Summary