Face up to climate change, don’t let the delicacy of Kenyan black tea become a memory

Radio Taiwan International

Black tea is one of Kenya’s most dependent sources of foreign exchange. It feeds about 3 million people in the country and is as important as the tourism industry. But under the ruthless destruction of climate change, by 2050, this East African country that supplies more than half of the black tea consumption in the UK, the most ideal and medium tea-growing areas may shrink by about 25% and 40%, respectively.

According to a Christian Aid report, climate change will affect the taste of black tea, such as increased rainfall will change the subtle flavor of tea and may reduce its health benefits.

The United Nations conducted a survey of 700 tea farmers in 7 tea-producing regions in Kenya. These farmers found changes in rainfall patterns and distribution, and reduced harvests related to climate change. More than 40% of the interviewees said that they noticed changes in the rainy and dry seasons, which led to a shift in the planting season.

As the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) will be held in Glasgow, UK in November, advocates call on countries to reduce carbon emissions, cancel the debts of developing countries such as Kenya, and mobilize Climate funds to help respond to climate change.

Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, a climate and energy think tank, said that the world is watching what kind of response this climate summit will bring, especially tea farmers in Kenya. , And other people on the front lines of the climate crisis.

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