Climate change and tea: Wake-up call for Uganda

2 August, 2011 by (comments)

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.

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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.

Click to view the official press release.

 

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