In Tanzania and Rwanda, The Wood Foundation Africa (TWFA) is transforming the tea industry. Our interventions include two privatised tea factories, three major tea greenfield developments and two industry level projects.
Our approaches to stimulating new investment and economic opportunity for smallholder farmers are proving impactful. 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. Through our services company model, we have commenced new smallholder planting that will exceed 10,000 Ha throughout Rwanda and Tanzania. The support 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.
These innovations seek to facilitate systemic and sustainable change and, through the private sector, demonstrate to the broader industry new practices that may ultimately enhance the competitiveness of the industry.
We are now considered the leading venture philanthropist in the tea industry with our funding partner the Gatsby Foundation. 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