Tea disappearing from Uganda

ITC has been supporting the adaptation of the tea sector in Kenya to climate change. Here is a report on the situation in neighbouring Uganda.

Here are the conclusions of a report by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

  • In Uganda the yearly and monthly rainfall will increase and the yearly and monthly minimum and maximum temperatures will increase by 2020 and progressively increase by 2050. T
  • he implications are that the distribution of suitability within the current tea-growing areas in Uganda for tea production in general will decrease quite seriously by 2050.
  • A comparison of potential diversification crops recommended by the project show that for 2050 almost none of the examined alternative crops will have their suitable areas in tea growing areas, thus other the suitability of other alternative crops will need to be explored. For 2020 some of them, especially maize, passion fruit, banana or citrus could be an option to losing climate-suitability for tea
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