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KTDA Carbon Neutral Initiative

Status: Complete

Period: October 2018- April 2020


KTDA Foundation with funding from Taylors of Harrogate partnered with International Small Group Tree Planting Program (TIST) to help small groups of smallholder tea farmers to plant trees and support reforestation. The higher aim of this project was to contribute to environmental conservation efforts thus reducing the adverse effects of climate change while also bringing direct benefits to the farmers themselves. The social model used by TIST worked with small tree planting ‘clusters’ farmers to develop their technical and agricultural skills in tree growing.


  • 478,686 trees were planted by farmers and learning institutions and will help mitigate against climate change by removing (sequestering) carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Young trees absorb CO2 at a rate of 13 pounds per tree each year. While a mature tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
  • 10,000 smallholder tea farmers who were recruited during this project are receive money directly from the sale of the carbon credits generated from the trees that have been quantified
  • 2,000 number of fruit trees planted in learning institutions and by smallholder tea farmers are set to mature in 2021 and will provide food and additional sources of income.