Last week, I visited Kenya and Uganda as part of an ITC needs assessment and review of a project on addressing climate change issues in the export agricultural sectors, including tea, coffee and cut flowers. Over the last year, ITC has worked in the tea and flowers sector working with companies to measure and reduce their energy costs and find ways to adapt to climate change. Increased temperatures are having a marked effect on productivity, and raising immediate costs for producers in terms of more spraying and labour. In the longer term, new varieties have to be developed and some crops abandoned for new ones altogether.
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