Here are a projects we would like to open out to consultants.

North East India Tea Research

The Fairtrade Foundation invites Expressions of Interest (EoI) for a research project that will explore measures that would support better economic outcomes for workers on tea plantations, with a focus on Assam and Darjeeling.

The Fairtrade Foundation is committed to achieving decent living standards and living wages for workers producing Fairtrade certified products. There are a number of reasons why tea workers in India are not receiving a Living Wage.. Through previous contextual research, we have identified certain blockers for change within government policy that restrict the enabling environment required to progress towards living wages. We would like to test our assumptions that current legislation and the existing wage setting process is a barrier to workers receiving a higher cash wage.

We would like to commission detailed, action-based research to enable us to develop a multi-stakeholder ‘call to action’ that puts worker voice at the centre and explores where Fairtrade is best placed to unblock some of these challenges through specific interventions. This should not be a top-level theoretical analysis with high-level recommendations, but instead a clearly defined set of actions that can be taken, including deadlines and expectations of outcomes for each.

More detail can be found in the Terms of Reference.

EoIs should be submitted by email to no later than 6pm on 22 July 2019.