Empowering Workers on the Tea Sector of Sri Lanka Sanjiv de Silva for CARE International Sri Lanka download

Empowering Workers on the Tea Sector of Sri Lanka

First grown by the British, in Sri Lanka in the 1800’s, tea remains one of the country’s primary export earners and employers. World renowned, ‘Ceylon Tea’
accounts for the third of the tea produced globally while it remains one of the largest exporters of tea in the world. Nationally tea is one of the primary export earners, while the industry employs 10% of the country’s labour force, mostly consisting of women. Despite its pivotal role in the country’s economy for two centuries, those who live and work on the tea plantations are some of the poorest and most marginalized in the country. This brief looks at how multi-faceted worker engagement can improve the development of the tea sector.

  • Countries: Sri Lanka
  • Co-authors: CARE International Sri Lanka
  • Published: July 2011

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