The Southern Highlands of Tanzania are one of the country’s main tea-growing areas. Mufindi, Njombe and Rungwe are the most significant tea-producing areas in this region. Tea is one of Tanzania’s biggest export crops and a major crop for smallholder farmers: approximately a third of the country’s crop is produced by smallscale farmers. However, the country’s average yields are 40% lower than neighbouring Kenya, largely due to the low productivity of these smallholders. The Tea Value Chain Partnership will focus on the production and processing of tea, and on investment across the tea supply chain. The Partnership will source from and provide support to smallholder tea farmers in Mufindi and Njombe. This is largely being driven by an investment from Unilever, the leading consumer goods company.

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