Climate change training in tea and coffee in Kenya

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.

Coffee is picked by women in Kenya

Coffee is picked by women in Kenya

What i picked versus what the supervisor picked in 30 secs

What i picked versus what the supervisor picked in 30 secs

My colleague Martina Bozzola with the field supervisor

My colleague Martina Bozzola with the field supervisor

The farm manager with the coffee that is dried for three days after being washed and the husks removed

The farm manager with the coffee that is dried for three days after being washed and the husks removed

The coffee is washed by men.

The coffee is washed by men.

No iddling (sic) in the processing site

No iddling (sic) in the processing site

Coffee infested with borer beetle that is increasing due to increased temperatures and humidity

Coffee infested with borer beetle that is increasing due to increased temperatures and humidity

Training of factory board of directors on climate change issues and ways to save energy costs

Training of factory board of directors on climate change issues and ways to save energy costs

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Tea map of Kenya in the board room

Tea map of Kenya in the board room

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