A new CIAT climate change report – released today – has found that rising temperatures could seriously affect tea production in Uganda.
Tea is a major export crop in the country, with the majority of the leaves destined for high-value and Fairtrade markets, predominantly in the UK, but also elsewhere in Europe, and the Middle East.
The report reveals that tea will become increasingly less suited to conditions in Uganda, posing a serious threat to the livelihoods of Uganda’s many smallholder producers and their families. The findings are even more severe than those of a similar CIAT report released in May, which looked at the vulnerability of tea production in neighbouring Kenya.
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