CI4T Briefing note for Kenya

Climate change is a global phenomenon with potential effects at the local level. Future climate projections indicates that mean annual temperature for Kenya may increase by 2.0 to 3.6°C by 2100 (Figure 1), while annual total precipitation may increase by 6-29% by 2100 (Figure 2). Tea, a leading export of Kenya, is highly climate-sensitive, and climate change could affect future tea production and quality. Since tea stakeholders have long planning horizons, it is important to analyse climate change impacts and potential adaptation options at a scale of existing tea plantations and with respect to the aspects of the climate to which tea production and quality is most sensitive.