Climate predictions for tea in Malawi and Kenya – new research


Working with tea producers in Malawi and Kenya, a University of Leeds-led research team have assessed climate factors affecting the growth and quality of tea at nine locations.

The research combined long-term climate observations and the latest climate model projections to predict conditions in tea-growing areas over the coming decades.

Due to tea plants being particularly sensitive to climate change and variations in weather, the research suggests that without interventions, tea production will decline significantly in Kenya and Malawi by the 2050s – and fall even further by the 2080s.

The paper can be accessed here