Kenya is the world’s third-largest producer of tea, and has seen a 30% increase in production since 2015.

Tea is critical to Kenya’s economy, accounting for nearly a quarter of its foreign exchange.

Kenya has over one million workers in tea, 70% of whom are women, as well as 350,000 informal workers.

Smallholder farmers produce most of the tea in the country, while estates, owned mainly by multinational companies on a leasehold basis, produce 40%. Most of the tea produced in Kenya is exported and only 5% is consumed domestically.

ETP’s Kenya Country Plan aims to establish ETP as the partner-of-choice on projects, a policy influencer, and a bridge between its members and tea producers on sustainability issues within the sector.

Facts & figures

95% of smallholder farmers cannot earn a living income from tea alone in Kenya.

Nearly 40% of women in Kenya have experienced gender-based violence.

Fuelwood is the primary energy source for processing tea in Kenya, contributing to deforestation.

Regional priorities

ETP’s projects aim to empower women, address gender-based violence, and work towards a low carbon tea sector.

Private sector change
ETP explores options for mechanisation in Kenya and approaches that can be piloted to reduce its adverse impacts.

In 2023, ETP is completing a legislative and policy review and action plan to guide ETP’s policy work in Kenya.

Kenya Country Plan Executive Summary