Climate to ravage Kenya’s tea production

Global Times

Climate change will devastate Kenya’s tea production as the world’s largest exporter faces rising temperatures, erratic rainfall, and insect infestations, according to an analysis released earlier this week. 

A report from the charity Christian Aid outlined the various threats Kenya faces to its key black tea crop, as well as the dangers that other countries are likely to encounter as the planet continues to warm. Citing a peer-reviewed study, the report said that the quadruple threat of rising temperatures, erratic rainfall, droughts, and new insect infestations are forecast to destroy 26.2 percent of the country’s optimal tea growing areas by 2050.

And climate change is expected to reduce the areas with medium quality growing conditions by nearly 40 percent in the same time frame? Mohamed Adow, director of the Power Shift Africa climate and energy think tank, said the COP26 negotiations presented a vital opportunity for richer nations to provide proper support for poorer ones already having to adapt to climate change.

“As a major historical polluter and the creator of the industrial revolution the UK has played a big part in the climate emergency which we Kenyans are suffering from,” he said. “This year, as hosts of the G7 and COP26, the UK has a big role to play in tackling it.

“The whole world will be watching, especially Kenyan tea farmers and other people on the front lines of the climate crisis,” added Adow.

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