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Kenya: Spirited fight by multinationals as climate change cuts tea volumes

By Victor Amdala
Posted on Friday, 28 May 2021 10:01, updated on Thursday, 3 June 2021 05:02

Photo caption: Agnes Cheptoo plucking tea at a plantation near Kericho Town on May 21, 2021 Photo: VICTOR AMADALA

A recent study on effects of climate change on the tea sector in Kenya - the world's largest exporter of black tea - has revealed several challenges related to changing weather patterns in the East African country that has seen farmers and multinationals seek alternative solutions.

“20 years ago, a visitor to Kericho would gladly ask for an extra blanket and not a swimming pool, especially at 6pm EAT,” a guard at Sunshine Hotel told me when I asked for the latter on 20 May.

Rolling a black button in his right hand, he laughed nervously for few seconds before engaging me in an unsolicited lesson on the climatic history of the region.