Sir Ian Wood, the Chairman of TWFA also commented that: “This is an ambitious and exciting development for the country and builds upon the already successful relationship we have with both Unilever and the Government of Rwanda. Ultimately, this is all about the smallholder tea farmer, helping them to retain and build value on their land by creating a very long-term biological asset while ensuring a premium market is in place for quality green leaf. This investment will create thousands of jobs and provide income for generations. The impact will be transformational and has already been recognized by the recent award of Nyaruguru as a top-performing District.”
The Nyaruguru Phase I tea project broke ground in 2017 and it consists of a 3,400-hectare smallholder catchment, plus an 800-hectare commercial tea plantation with one processing factory.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries, and is also the world’s largest tea business with leading brands such as Lipton Yellow Label, PG Tips, Brooke Bond Red Label and many others. For more information visit www.unilever.com
About The Wood Foundation Africa
The Wood Foundation Africa is a Scottish-registered organization that focuses on improving the livelihoods of farmers in Africa through venture philanthropy. For more information visit www.thewoodfoundation.org.uk/africa/
About National Agricultural Development Board (NAEB)
NAEB is a government agency under the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources with the mission to facilitate the growth of business to diversify agriculture and livestock commodity export revenues. For more information visit www.naeb.gov.rw
About Rwanda Development Board
Rwanda Development Board is a government agency responsible for leading the country’s transformation to a dynamic global hub for business, investment, tourism and innovation. Its mission is to fast track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth. For more information visit www.rdb.rw.
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