From 2004 to 2009, the Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa implemented 11 out of 12 planned research projects based on its Strategic Plan for 2002 – 2007.
The Tea research Foundation of Central Africa has technical and financial partners. Technical partners are its collaborating institutions. These are: Tea Research Foundation of Kenya; Tea Research Institute of Tanzania; University of Pretoria and UPASI Tea Research Foundation
With the University of Pretoria, the Foundation is collaborating in activities under the Technology and Human Resources Program (THRIP) project and Southern Africa Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products Network (SABINA). Through the THRIP project, the Foundation accesses laboratory analytical services at the University to analyse its cultivars and other samples for made tea quality. This is important because TRFCA has no analytical laboratory services.
As a network member of SABINA which comprises the University of Malawi (Chancellor College), University of Namibia, University of Dare salaam, University of Pretoria and Witwatersrand University a plant breeder, Mr. N I K Mphangwe, an employee of TRFCA, has been awarded a fellowship to train to PhD level in the field of genetics and informatics in line with objectives of the network to improve the human resource capacity of the Universities and research institutions.
The collaborative activities with United Planters Association of Southern India Tea Research Foundation, Tea Research Foundation of Kenya and Tea Research Institute of Tanzania, are similar. They cover exchange of germplasm, reports, visits and scientific manpower.