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Rwanda is recovering from the 1994 genocide, which severely impoverished the population and stalled the country‟s private and external investment. Tea is one of Rwanda‟s most important official sources of foreign exchange and an important source of income for farmers.
The quality of Rwanda tea is among the best in the world but the quantity remains a challenge. In order to increase quantity of tea, farmers are encouraged to extend tea farms and join cooperatives to strengthen the system. Despite this strategy, 70% of all tea farmers work an average of approximately 0.25 hectares of tea area.