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 approach of facilitating systemic and sustainable change is proving to be very successful with considerable new planting expanding the tea industry in both Rwanda and Tanzania enriching the rural resource. Across the two countries we now work with 45,000 smallholder tea farmers – some of whom are very new to the tea industry – enhancing farming skills, capabilities and know-how.
We are now considered the leading philanthropist in the tea industry and our ongoing success has attracted other philanthropic investors and donors including Unilever and the UK Department of International Development (DFID).
Indeed, Unilever is currently our joint venture partner on the two largest smallholder greenfield development tea projects in Africa, which will see over 7,000 hectares of smallholder tea developed through an additional 8,000 smallholder farmers.
DFID continues its involvement with the Chai Project and the major Njombe tea-planting programme in Tanzania, and more recently, has supported our Kibeho-Munini Greenfield Project in Rwanda.
All of our partnerships align with our smallholder objectives and enable us to work with increasing numbers of smallholders on a broader geography.
Helping People to Help Themselves
The number of smallholder tea farmers we support
The average increase in farmer yields in the last 2 years
The average increase in smallholder tea farmer income has doubled in the last two years