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To adapt to climate change, some tea growers must plan ahead


T is the second most consumed drink on earth after water but in many places. Climate Change threatens tea production for example in Kenya. Malawi Africa's top tea producing countries. They are experiencing warmer temperatures average and higher frequency off hot weather events. That's no middle. A research fellow at the University of Leeds in the UK. She says during a heat wave the leaves on tea. Bushes can scorch and turn Brown. Drought can make the problem. Even worse middle is part of a project that generates site specific predictions of Future T. growing conditions in Kenya and Malawi. Growers can use the information to adapt for example by planting shade trees near crops or starting to grow more heat tolerant varieties of tea. It takes eight to nine. Ni Os for newly planted T- Bush to become productive and an average economic life cycle of T. Bush is around sixty to eighty years. So middle says the choices. Growers make now will affect their livelihood for decades to come this highlights. How crucial informed longtime decision making is for the sector? I think to know what the future holds is really important for. The

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