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IFAD (2014) Small-Scale Producers in the Development of Tea Value-Chain Partnerships

  • During the period 2002-2012, in an effort to increase the number of partnerships involving the private sector to benefit smallholder farmers, IFAD financed six projects with components on tea value-chain development in four countries: China, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.
  • The investment ranged from providing access to appropriate equipment to providing training and capacity-building to small-scale tea producers and their organizations. Additional support was provided to improve access to rural financial services, to develop local infrastructure (including roads, water systems and small-scale irrigation), to broaden community services (including literacy programmes) and to develop marketing facilities.
  • With IFAD support, small-scale farmers were able to overcome challenges such as:
    • access to inputs
    • difficulty in complying with the standards for organic certification
    • a lack of transport for their products
    • a lack of training to improve skills in tea husbandry and crop management
    • access to new machinery
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