In Tanzania and Rwanda, The Wood Foundation Africa (TWFA) alongside our partner The Gatsby Charitable Foundation continues to make a significant impact within the tea sector. This includes our Chai Project in Tanzania and the Imbarutso Project in Rwanda, in addition to two privatised tea factories and new greenfield developments.
Our approaches to stimulating new investment and economic opportunity for smallholder farmers through tea are beginning to have impact. Across the two countries we are now working with over 45,000 smallholder tea farmers – some of whom are very new to the tea industry. We have commenced new smallholder planting that will exceed 10,000 Ha throughout Rwanda and Tanzania.
This includes commercial solutions to not only assist farmers with agronomic skills, capabilities, and know-how, but access to credit on patient terms, professional third party production logistics, and premium markets for quality tea.
Through these innovations, we seek to facilitate systemic and sustainable change, and demonstrate to the industry new practices that may ultimately enhance competitiveness of the broader tea industry.
We are now considered the leading venture philanthropist in the tea industry and our ongoing success has attracted investors such as Unilever and Luxmi, as well as donors such as the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).
Helping People to Help Themselves
Smallholder tea farmers we support
Average increase in farmer yields through TWFA interventions over the last two years
Smallholder tea farmer income has doubled through TWFA interventions over the last two years