TRINITEA is one of the India’s major tea smallholder support programme developed jointly by global sustainability organisation, Solidaridad and Indian Tea Association - the premier and the oldest organisation of tea producers in India.

The programme aims to transform the tea smallholder segment in India while taking care of the social and environmental issues. The tea smallholders are emerging as the leading supplier of green leaf in India and TRINITEA seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the Indian tea smallholders.

TRINITEA Programme of ITA and SOLIDARIDAD seeks to provide year-round on-ground training to improve agronomical, social and environmental practices of the smallholders. TRINITEA programme has tied up with all major tea smallholders associations in the country for providing better services to their members.

The programme implements a TRINITEA framework which is a digital self-assessment tool tailor-made for smallholders in the Indian tea industry. The assessment provides a high degree of assurance to the farmers, buying factories, the tea packers as well as consumers on social, agronomical and environmental aspects of tea production.

TRINITEA will focus on consolidating the ongoing support to smallholders.

Our Objectives

1) To improve the social, economic, agronomic and environmental performances of 60,000 of all STGs families across India.

2) To set up a multi-stakeholder governance mechanism for making smallholder production more competitive.

3) To support tea packers to source traceable and safe tea from the smallholders and the estates.

Why TRINITEA is required?

Small Tea Growers in India have steadily grown in numbers and presently contribute nearly 50% of the total Tea Production in our Country.

The smallholders are now integral part of the supply chains of tea estates and also leading tea packers. It is predicted that the share of the smallholders would further increase. However, the smallholding sector still lacks access to high quality services and sustainability support in order to meet multiple challenges including that of climate change induced falling production, reducing quality, poorer price realisation and poor access to markets. The tea consumers are also demanding higher level of sustainable practices and food safety compliance.

Although certifications play a crucial role in supporting global efforts towards sustainability, experience shows that tea smallholder farmers would require continued support to adopt best agricultural practices. Further, certifications have not brought tangible improvements in either quality or profitability of the tea smallholders.

In view of the foregoing, TRINITEA focuses on a continuous improvement model, which supports farmers over time in a meaningful way, rather than the snapshot, fixed audit model of certification protocols. Farmers receive technical assistance, work plans, and ongoing support.


How does TRINITEA work?

Download & Signup

The TRINITEA self-assessment framework Application is available at Google Playstore for android phones. . This works in Bengali, Tamil, Assamese and English language.


Self Assessment

Successful answering of the questions in the 10 chapters of framework would indicate the level of performance of individual producers or a group of producers.


Improve Farming

TRINITEA framework generates a performance score of 1 to 3 stars denoting a journey from essential to good to leadership level showing step-by-step improvement.


Download Report

Farmers can download Report card in PDF or JPG format showing the performance level regarding the TRINITEA requirements.


The objective is to build an increasingly valuable digital companion tool for the farmer. This will keep the farmer engaged and motivated while supporting the business requirements for credible assurance. This in turn will create the critical infrastructure around him to effect lasting and meaningful change.

TRINITEA framework should be filled up at least once in 13 months by the producer himself or through a lead farmer or supporting factories. Through, machine learning, Solidaridad and ITA would be in a better position to identify the areas of challenge and provide precision support to the targeted smallholders.

Trinitea Training Programmes

Indian Tea Association and Solidaridad have created a panel of reputed tea industry experts who would prepare the curriculum and provides on site trainings along with the project team throughout the year. The trainings are focussed on maintaining homogeneity and consistent quality of the produce, soil and water management, efficient fertiliser use and crop protection, social issues and environmental management. An android based extension application is also being developed for continued virtual trainings to the farmers.

Solidaridad Field Support Centres and ITA’s branch offices would build capacity of partner smallholders’ associations so that they could provide better services to their members.


TRINITEA compliant farmers are supported by the programme to be connected to the tea buying factories and tea packers in India on a preferential basis.
The tea produced by TRINITEA supported farmers is promoted in key export markets in line with the vision of expanding Indian tea exports.
TRINITEA programme is developing a comprehensive traceability tool for a transparent supply chain.

What is unique about TRINITEA?

The contents of this digital assessment framework and digital implementation guide is created keeping in mind the priorities of Indian tea producers in local language that after initial hand-holding by the extension team, the farmers would be able to record information themselves.

Self-assessment method

A state of art digital system to encourage smallholders to assess their level of preparedness on the tea production landscape.

Farmer First

The focus is not on compliance or risk management through third party certification but on regular training by India’s leading tea experts for continuous improvement in efficiency as well as quality of tea

Not Square root based

Trinitea covers 100 percent of the smallholder farmers directly and does not work on the square root driven sample selection model.

Make in India

It is developed by Indian tea experts from ITA and other research institutes tailor made for Indian smallholder tea farming conditions and Indian legal framework without compromising on globally accepted sustainability principles.


The project and its implementation would be governed by Indian tea industry stakeholders with its secretariat in Indian Tea Association.


Solidaridad team together with Indian Tea Association and other technical institutes would provide implementing support on the ground for coming years free of cost.

The benefits of TRINITEA

A SMART self-assessment system to improve tea production practices step by step by the farmers at their own pace assisting them to take informed decision with a view to improve their overall operational efficiency.

Free year round trainings by reputed industry experts on critical aspects that reduce crop losses and enhance tea quality.

Improved implementation of Plant Protection Code(PPC) by the smallholders through digital as well as field level training and monitoring.

Leads to more efficient use of chemicals and fertilizers and addresses increasing consumer demand for food safety.

Improves climate change adaptation for the smallholders.

Improves access to leaf buying factories in a transparent way.

Improves formation of smallholder’s collectives ( self help groups) and associations while strengthening the existing ones.

Saves time and money, by removing the need to complete multiple sustainability assessments for multiple green leaf buyers as well as tea packing companies.

Gives a new identity to the smallholder’s tea through TRINITEA logo and improves the image of smallholder tea production in India and globally.





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Support Centres

Kolkata Office Address:

158/5 Prince Anwar Shah Road, Ground Floor, Kolkata – 700 045

Ranjan Circar, (International Program Coordinator)

+91 33 4060 2209

Gangan Boriah, (Senior Advisor)

+91 33 4060 2206

M.A Ganesh, (Consultant Trinitea - Tea)

+91 33 4060 2211

Farm Support Centres:

Tinsukia: Diggvijay Jamwal, Program Manager; By Lane-1, Sector-3, Bordoloinagar, Tinsukia, Assam. Pin-786125

+91 37 4234 2502


V.M. Arjun, Programme Manager; No.265, Harsham, Brooklands, Coonoor, India.

+91 423 2233772

North Bengal:

Rohin D'Souza, Program Manager; Flat 4 D, Shree Krishna Sargam, Zilla parishad Road, Near Goodricke school, Jotinagar, Ward no 41, 2 Mile, Sevok Road- 734001

+91 99 3301 1270

Support Centres

Assam Branch Indian Tea Association - Zone 1

Mr. Madhurjya Barooah Chalkhowa, Post Box No.35 Dibrugarh 786001, Assam

+91 373 2301195/2301060

Assam Branch Indian Tea Association - Zone 2

Cinnamara Jorhat 785008, Assam

+91 376 2361262, +91 376 2361262

Assam Branch Indian Tea Association - Zone 3

Tezpur Station Club Tezpur 784001, Assam

+91 3712 258032; +91 3712 258732

North Bengal:

Dooars Branch Indian Tea Association Binnaguri 735203, Dt. Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

+91 35 6320 3004, +91 35 6320 3002

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