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The dense tea monoculture in Darjeeling has led to a declining tea production in the last decade as plantations have cleared hillsides of trees to maximize the acreage of tea bushes, causing erosion and a more rapid degradation of the rich soil that gives the tea its unique flavor. Planting fruit trees in these agricultural parcels optimized the tea production by creating biodynamic ecosystems, while helping producers to increase and diversify their incomes.

Location

Darjeeling province, India

Type

Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

TPI Cooperative and DLR Prerna NGO

Participants

Fair trade and organic tea farmers from Sanjukta Vikas Cooperative

Achievements

7,500 trees planted (September 2014)

supply chain

Fruits and Vegetables , Tea

Local partner

Our local partners in this project are:

The cooperative Tea Promoters of India (TPI): a pioneer in bringing environmental and social reform to the tea industry. TPI is supporting small tea farmers by helping them gain access to international market and a fair price for their tea. They promote holistic and sustainable farming practices restoring soil health, with trees, plants & animals reappearing in these areas.

And the NGO Darjeeling Ladenla Road Prerna (DLR PRERNA): a Darjeeling based NGO created in 2001. Their mission is to build sustainable human communities in the Darjeeling hills by promoting peoples participation, gender equality and living in harmony with the environment.

Plantation models

Species planted

Cedrus deodara

Cedrus deodara

Cryptomeria Japonica

Cryptomeria Japonica

Lagerstroemia Speciosa

Lagerstroemia Speciosa

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participants

The participants are small-scale tea farmers from Sanjukta Vikas Cooperative. The Sanjukta Vikas Cooperative, was one of the first small farming initiatives in the plantation controlled region of Darjeeling. The land that cooperative members live on was a tea plantation in the early part of the century but abandoned in the 1950s. The community has since depended mostly upon subsistence farming of corn, millet, potatoes and vegetables.

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Documents

File Description
pdf 2014 Project presentation