M&S – Tea and Coffee Production – Kenya

M&S are one of Kenya’s largest retailers of tea and coffee and was the first major retailer to switch all its tea and coffee to Fairtrade back in 2006. Arete made a short film documenting the Tea project, as well as producing a series of photographs on both their tea and coffee production…

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Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

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Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, fills a pot of water from a water tank that she has been able to buy with the money she now makes from coffee farming at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

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Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, shows photographs of her three children that she is able to send to a technical college with the money she now makes from coffee farming at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

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James Kinuya, the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association Farm Manager, walks towards teh Gikanda Coffee processing centre that is near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

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A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

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Workers sort through coffee beans after they have been dried, on drying racks at the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

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Rose Wangu tends to a coffee bush that is being grown on the experimental farm that is part of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011. near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

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Workers at the Gikanda Coffee Association load freshly dried bags of coffee onto a truck to take to the nearby coffee mill for grinding at the Gikand Coffee Association farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

A worker squeezes in the last bag of dried coffee beans, while watched on by Veronica the Farm Manager, into a truck before it is taken to the nearby coffee mill for grinding at the Gikanda Coffee Association farm and factory, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A worker squeezes in the last bag of dried coffee beans, while watched on by Veronica the Farm Manager, into a truck before it is taken to the nearby coffee mill for grinding at the Gikanda Coffee Association farm and factory, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A Fair Trade sign marks the area on the warehouse where Gikanda's coffee beans are stored before milling at the Kenya Coffee mill, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

A Fair Trade sign marks the area on the warehouse where Gikanda's coffee beans are stored before milling at the Kenya Coffee mill, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, poses for a photograph at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, poses for a photograph at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, boils water on a fire to make a cup of fresh coffee in her kitchen at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, boils water on a fire to make a cup of fresh coffee in her kitchen at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, boils water on a fire to make a cup of fresh coffee in her kitchen at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, boils water on a fire to make a cup of fresh coffee in her kitchen at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, enjoys a cup of her freshly made coffee at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, enjoys a cup of her freshly made coffee at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

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Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, enjoys a cup of her freshly made coffee with John Kinyua, the Gikanda farm manager, at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Yusef Kibue Macharia, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, helps one of his workers sort through some newly picked coffee cherry in the house that is situated on his coffee plantation near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

Yusef Kibue Macharia, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, helps one of his workers sort through some newly picked coffee cherry in the house that is situated on his coffee plantation near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

Workers sort through coffee beans after they have been dried, on drying racks at the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

Workers sort through coffee beans after they have been dried, on drying racks at the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

Workers sort through coffee beans after they have been dried, on drying racks at the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

Workers sort through coffee beans after they have been dried, on drying racks at the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A farmer, who is part of the Gikanda Coffee Cooperative, picks the last of the coffee cherries for the season on his coffee farm near Karatina, Kenya on the 14th February, 2011.

A Fair Trade sign marks the area on the warehouse where Gikanda's coffee beans are stored before milling at the Kenya Coffee mill, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

A Fair Trade sign marks the area on the warehouse where Gikanda's coffee beans are stored before milling at the Kenya Coffee mill, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

Rose Githoni, a member of the Gikanda Coffee Growers Association, tends to her coffee plants at her coffee farm, near Karatina, Kenya on the 16th February, 2011.

M&S is one of Kenya’s largest tea and coffee retailers. It was the first major retailer to switch all its tea and coffee to Fairtrade back in 2006 and has continued to strengthen relationships with its Kenyan suppliers across the world, to ensure that farmers are paid a fair price for their crop.

 

M&S is also the first retailer in the world to launch a Kenyan tea that’s packed by the smallholders who grow it. M&S and its Fairtrade tea supplier, Iri-iani, have been working on the project since 2010 with the aim of adding value to the Kenyan tea crop. By providing funds, education and expert advice, M&S has helped the Kenyan farmers acquire the skills and technical knowledge to not only grow, but also package their tea.

 

Arete made a short film documenting the Tea project, as well as producing a series of photographs on both their tea and coffee production that have been used for marketing and publicity purposes. An article was also written for Msafiri – Kenya Airways’ inflight magazine.

 

In September 2013 the chairman of Marks & Spencers, Robert Swannell, visited Kenya. Arete was asked to produce a short film that showed M&S’s investment in Kenya and the community projects they invest in.

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