News : Project Completed for the Sustainable Development of Tea Sector of Nepal


CTCF working together with the ILO Nepal under the project of Advocacy for Rights and Good Corporate Governance (UNNATI- Inclusive Growth Programme In Nepal) NEP/15/01 M/DAN in Nepal With aims to promote improved advocacy for responsible business, including rights and good corporate governance in selected four value chain in  orthodox tea. ILO funded the title of project on Sustained Economic Growth of the Tea Sector through Compliance of  OSH, UN Global Compact Agenda and MNE Declaration to CTCF. CTCF conducted  following activities from June 15 to May. 14, 2018. under the proejct :

Activity 1.1. National Level Interaction on Tea Policy, Issues, Constraints and way Forward

CTCF organized a national level interaction program on Tea plicy, issues, constraint and way forward on 9 may 2018 at Kathmandu. Hon. State minister Ram Kumari Chaudai, Ministry of Agriculture land management and cooperative was the chief gust and she commitment to addess  solve the tea related issues.  Senior Governmet officers and policy makers, lawmakers, development partners and stakeholders altogether 75 participants better understand tea related issues, constraints and bottle naked. Financial institutions (cooperative bank ) commitment to provide loan to tea cooperatives and other related stakeholders also commitment to play positive active role in tea development .,Ministry of Agriculture land management and cooperative has mentioned to develop tea zone area for proviance no. 1 in their transferming way forward program.

Activity 2.1 Organize one training to executive members and member of subcommittee of CTCF on Lobbying and Evidence-based Advocacy Entrepreneurial knowledge and capacity development (for 3 days)

Main  achievement of this training was 20 leaders (4 female and 16 Males) Board members, internal audit committee members and  subcommittee members of CTCF increased the capacity of evidence based advocacy knowledge  on FACT approach and  identified some common lobby agendas like as Lobby with the Government for the Amendment   by Reviewing the National Tea Policy 2057,lobbying for the increment in investment on Tea Sector in local level, Promotion and  easy access to use of Nepal Tea Quality from the Himalaya logo, Detail Study of the possibility and effect of Orthodox Tea in Nepal .Participants are awared on  Global compact principles, MNE deceleration and Fundamental Rights at work during this training.

Activity 2.2. Organize one training to executive members of District Tea Cooperative Federations on Lobbying and Evidence-based Advocacy on Entrepreneurial knowledge and capacity development.(3 days)

Main  achievement of this training was 20 leaders (5 female and 15 Males) Board members, internal audit committee members and  senior staffs  of DTCFs increased the capacity of evidence based advocacy knowledge  on FACT approach and  identified some common grassroots level district wise lobby agendas. Participant are awared on Global compact principles, MNE deceleration and Fundamental Rights at work.

Activity 2.3. Training on review of strategic and business plan to cooperative for sustainable development

CTCF Conducted 3 training events on review of Strategic and Business plan to Cooperative for Sustainable Development.  The training was conducted from 23 to 28 Nov. 2017 at Ilam. 2 days of the each event. There were 57 cooperatives representatives from Ilam, Panchthar, Jhapa, Dhankuta and Therathum  districts. There were 59 participants (45 male and 14 femeals) from 57 cooperatives.  By this training Cooperative managers and representatives have increased better understood about the responsible business in tea cooperative business and job and have gain the knowledge about how to address the responsible business as sustained way in their business plan and ready to review strategic business plan .

Activity 3.1.Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health in Tea Sectors :

CTCF conducted a day workshop on occupational safety and health in tea sectors in 4 districts(Ilam,Panchtar, Dhankuta and Therathum) on 16 Feb.20 Feb. 2018 .150 participants  were aware about OSH and identify their role on OSH improvement in tea sector.  Farmers are starting to use PPE in filed work.- Small tea processing factories are constructing separate toilet of male and females.

Activity 4.1: Interaction program among Tea farmers, Tea cooperatives, Tea processors, Tea Entrepreneurs on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Multi National Enterprise & Social Policy (MNE declaration) and UN Global Compact Agenda.  (2 Interaction Programs)

The first event program was conducted at Dhankuta Hile at 21 August 2017 and 23 August 2017 at Ilam Bazar.There were 26 (24 male and 2 females) participants in the program of Dhankuta from representative  tea processor, tea cooperatives, tea farmers, tea entrepreneurs of Dhankuta, Therathum, Bojpur and Sankuwasava District. Likewise there were 27 (26 male 1 female) participants from representative of representative tea processor, tea cooperatives, tea farmers, tea entrepreneurs of Ilam, Panchtar and Districts.The Main achievement of the program were as 53 participants consisting farmers, workers, tea cooperatives, processors, entrepreneurs aware and better understood  about the CSR, MNE and UN Global Compact with analyzing current situation. They were commitment to apply this agends on their business.

Activity 4.2: Organize periodic meetings (quarterly , once in 3 month) and make Tea Task Force functional for responsible business practice in Tea sector.(First  meeting  was conduct at Lalitpur on 20 July, 2017 and second meeting was conduct 24, Feb. 2018 at Birtamod)

Tea Task force  is a very good plate from to comeup together to discuss tea related issues by tea related major stakehoders where the  representative from government, labours,cooperatives, industries, farmers representatives . Tea task force team jointly lobby to government and adopted directives (rules) of to use Nepal tea Quality from the Himalaya and jointly sucessfuly organized  3rd international  tea festival 6-9 April  2018 in Nepal and promoted Nepal tea.  Tea task force team  was decided to common ageda for lobbing to government for example to declear the Proviance on. 1 as a tea zone area and provided subsidy and grant for tea development, make favorable tea related policy etc and lobbed concern ministries and presented current tea problems.