The Noar Foundation for Global Community Development has been growing tea in Northern Togo since 2010 to create work for local smallholder farmers and help improve standards of living.
Based in the US, the Foundation runs projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular in Northern Togo and Northern Ghana. The goal is to improve the quality of life and foster overall development in small rural communities in Africa.
The tea-growing conditions in Togo are harsh because of a very dry dusty period every year from November to March but local farmers have devised a way of protecting the plants with palm leaves and have established a system of regular watering.
Mark Noar, MD, and director of the foundation, said in January that, “We have managed to adapt the plans to the severe dry season, and have plans to increase plantations and add irrigation until plants are mature. We are now getting flowers and seeds.”
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