The contextThe effects of climate change will impact how and where tea can be grown, and whether small-scale tea farmers can continue to depend on tea to provide for them and their families.
By working with expert partners to forecast the impacts of climate change in tea-growing areas we help farmers, the tea industry and government organisations to prepare for the changes that are coming.
Through our partnerships in Kenya, India and Malawi we have developed expert climate assessments of tea-growing areas up to 2050. These have assessed the best available predictions on changes in temperature, rainfall patterns and their impact on pests and diseases, enabling the sector to plan ahead.
We have convened meetings with farmers, the wider tea industry, government institutions and key support organisations to discuss the implications for tea communities and the industry. This has led to a shared understanding of how climate change will impact tea-growing areas, and what needs to be done to deal with its consequences.
The climate change forecasting maps for Kenya’s tea growing regions were developed through a partnership with German Development Agency GIZ and the Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
They indicated that the impacts were likely to more severe on the West side of the Rift Valley, a major tea growing area in the country. Click here to read more about the key changes predicted by the maps.
In India, Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) funded a partnership between us and the Tea Research Association (TRA) Tocklai to produce climate change forecasting maps for the tea growing area of Assam.
The maps demonstrate that without intervention the four main tea growing regions of Assam will become far less suitable for tea farming. Read more about the key changes predicted by the maps.
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