By group activities on tea smallholder can be effective approaches in agricultural development to grow and improve the self reliance of tea smallholder in productivity, income, and their welfare. But not only the factor of group that can be affect the self reliance, also the other factors. Because the self reliance is about the improvement of tea smallholders them self.
Does anybody have research about the indicators of self reliance on tea smallholder and the factors which affect it?
Though I haven’t specifically looked at the small tea growers, I have done some work on the sustainability indicators of small rubber growers in the context of North East India and Thailand. You may see the paper details on the Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=yA8TQ48AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
Congratulations on your concerns for small tea holders. Besides the points you have made, I am confident that small tea plantation holders could maintain their garden more organically thereby contributing to reducing Global Warming, promoting agroforestry, environmental conservation, sustainable production through ecological agriculture etc.
I and my associates have been associated with tea plantation crop since 1990. We have several publications. We have done work in an on-field situation having a plot size of one ha area. Our experience has encouraged us to give the above statement. Smallholders of tea is otherwise an alternative to the home garden system.