Climate change as a result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity is one of the biggest threats to sustainable agriculture. Unless early efforts are made to help tea farmers to adapt, the consequences for tea production are likely to be more severe because tea is primarily a rain fed crop.
The effects of climate change will be felt in many ways:
- Unpredictable rainfall patterns
- Delayed rain and drought
- Destructive rain including flooding and soil erosion (especially on steep contoured sites)
- Warmer temperatures
- Scorching of crops
- Increased instances of pests and disease
- Strong destructive winds and gales
We’re working on a number of important projects that are helping both farmers and producers to increase their resilience to the effects of climate change.