Improving the nutritional status of tea farming families in Indonesia

Worldwide, millions of people are involved in the production and processing of tea, while many more rely on it indirectly for their income. Even though tea provides these families with an income, this does not necessarily result in improved nutrition for the family. Many tea farmer families face difficulties such as limited access to nutritious foods due to limited availability and insufficient income to purchase nutritious foods. In Indonesia, major tea producing areas are among those with the highest under-nutrition rates.

To address nutrition insecurity in tea supply chains, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) aims to develop a global model to improve the nutrition of tea farming families. The first pilot of this model, the Nutrition Tea Project, started in Indonesia in 2013. The Nutrition Tea Project was implemented in both West and Central Java, reaching 32,000 tea farmer families.

This report aims to give insight into the opportunities for tea supply chain actors to improve nutrition security. It presents the Nutrition Tea Project implemented in Indonesia and shows the lessons learned and successes reached because of this intervention. Furthermore, it presents opportunities for other locations and supply chains to invest in a healthy and sustainable supply chain.