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New research reveals: climate change in Malawi will make tea harder to grow

Malawi is Africa’s second largest tea producer, and one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The tea industry is the largest formal sector employer, employing 50,000 workers and providing livelihoods for more than 14,000 smallholders. The country has three main tea-growing areas: Nkhata Bay, Mulanje and Thyolo.

The November 2017 research used a variety of mapping methods to ascertain that these regions will be affected by climate change to different degrees, but in general it will become harder to grow tea everywhere in Malawi.

photo credit: Teseum

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