Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro

Improving Income and Nutrition of Smallholder Tea Farmers in Southern Tanzania - Boresha Chai

03/10/2020 - 08:03
Agriculture and Food Safety

The Agricon Boresha Chai programme fosters sustainable livelihoods, nutrition, and gender equality among tea farming families in Southern Tanzania. Funded by the European Union, the programme promotes the inclusiveness, productivity, competitiveness, and resilience of smallholder tea farming.

Boresha Chai project


Key Information

Sector: Tea

Lead Partner: IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative

Other Partners: CEFA; Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT), Tanzania Smallholders Tea Development Agency (TSHTDA)

Budget: EUR 5,560,000

EU contribution: EUR 5,000,000

Duration: 2020 - 2024


Expected Results

The project expects to reach:

  • 22,000 smallholder tea farmers – covering >70% of Tanzania’s tea smallholders.

                 - 1,600 in Mufindi District,

                  - 5,000 in Njombe District

                   - 15,400 in Rungwe and Busokelo Districts

  • 34 tea cooperatives and/or farmer groups
  • Approximately 103,000 members of tea farming households (average 4.7 persons per household)

Private sector tea companies constrained by the low and inconsistent volume and quality of green leaf supplied by smallholder farmers’ inefficiencies of service delivery to smallholders.

By the end of the project, the following results are expected:

  • 560 Farmer Field Schools in the target districts are established.
  • Increased household income as a result of higher green leaf yields and higher price based on quality (50% increase).
  • 4 non-tea value chains strengthened and 50% smallholder tea farming families diversify their income.
  • Improved nutrition practices leading to reduced stunting (40% reduction).
  • Increased gender equality in households, farms and cooperatives (50% of women in smallholder tea households reporting an increase in economic activities and decision making).
  • Reduced climate vulnerability (as a result of planting drought-resistant tea varieties, implementing good agricultural practices, installing irrigation, and income diversification).
  • Improved organisational capacity and performance of all 34 farmer cooperatives
  • New and improved service delivery to members of at least 10 cooperatives
  • Increased committee membership, especially of women and youth (102 women in gender committees and 68 youth in youth committees at cooperative level).

Increased green leaf quality and volume supplied by smallholder farmers from 50% to 65%.

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