Exploring opportunities to promote transparency, gender equality, and farmer well-being in the tea sector through responsible digital payments: Sharing experiences from Rwanda

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 14:00-15:00 GMT – Zoom


The United Nations based Better Than Cash Alliance and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) are working together to identify opportunities to promote inclusive growth, boost productivity, and improve the livelihoods of smallholder tea farmers and occasional plantation workers through digital payments in the tea supply chain.

In our first initiative together we conducted a digital payment assessment of the tea sector in Rwanda, focused on the opportunities and gaps that digital payments present for  farmers and tea processors. 

Join our exclusive webinar and be the first to learn key takeaways from our research, including:

  • the business benefits of digitising payments, including increased transparency and productivity;
  • the opportunities for farmers, including financial inclusion and convenience;
  • complimenting government initiatives for digitisation and financial inclusion; and
  • ensuring sustainability by embedding the UN Principles for Responsible Digital Payments.

You’ll also hear from other ETP members already implementing payment digitisation in their supply chain, and get tangible advice on how to effectively implement their learnings in your business.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Martine Nezerwa, Chief Digital Officer for Agriculture at Rwanda's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources;
  • Rohith Peiris, Director General at tea producer Sorwathe Ltd;
  • Katherine Rickard, Private Sector Digital Payment Analyst at Better Than Cash Alliance;
  • Oswell Kahonde, Africa Regional Lead at Better Than Cash Alliance;
  • Jenny Costelloe, Executive Director at Ethical Tea Partnership; and
  • Liberal Seberikoko, Regional Director (Africa) at Ethical Tea Partnership.


The webinar will cover (all times GMT):


Introductions & housekeeping. 

Background to the research.


Report overview: Key findings and actions required to scale responsible digital payments in the tea sector.


Panel session: Sharing good practices for implementing and scaling digital solutions.


Your questions.


Closing remarks.


Webinar ends.