Launched in 2014, the ‘Njombe Vision’ is at the centre of Tanzania’s tea industry and aims to support 3000 farmers to plant 2500 hectares of smallholder tea in Njombe.
Unilever has constructed the state-of-the-art Kabambe factory which is majority smallholder-supplied and manufactures quality tea that is already fetching above-average prices.
Njombe Outgrowers Services Company (NOSC), the SSDC, is jointly owned by farmers who are planting 250 hectares of new tea per annum. It is hoped the site will be fully planted by 2023, providing 8000 direct jobs.
More than 80% of the tea is grown in contiguous units or blocks, allowing for efficiencies such as mechanised harvesting and block irrigation.
This investment is being jointly delivered with the support of the Gatsby Foundation, FCDO, and Unilever.