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Published: 2011

Climate change: storm brewing for Uganda's booming tea industry

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Tens of thousands of Uganda’s tea producers – many of them Fairtrade certified – will need to take decisive action to protect their crop and their livelihoods if the latest climate change predictions come true. A new report released 2nd August by climate scientists at the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, by its Spanish acronym) shows that if average temperatures rise by an expected 2.3 degrees Celsius by 2050, some of Uganda’s most lucrative tea producing areas could be completely wiped off the map. Many producers could face steep declines in productivity as soon as 2020.
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