In Kenya, the economy is critically dependent agriculture- as it is one of the world’s top exporters of black tea. The agriculture crops of Kenya heavily depend on rain and weather conditions to provide water for their survival. One of Kenya’s most notorious crops happens to be its tea, and the quality and quantity of tea crops are being threatened by weather shift’s brought on by global warming.

Why Kenyan Residents Are At High Risk

Tea crops are highly sensitive to climate conditions. Drought, increases instances of heatwaves and fires can all contribute to crop yield losses. Increases in heavy rainfall can also worsen soil conditions, causing bacteria, fungus, and mold growth in soil. Additionally, Kenyan’s coastlines are predominantly low-lying, putting it (and its neighboring islands) at risk for sea level rise.

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Earl Grey’s hand-picked black tea

If Kenya is so heavily depend on its agriculture for economic gain, then naturally, the wellbeing of its citizens and infrastructure is likewise contingent upon how well their crops do during grow seasons. What’s more, public infrastructure and private property in Kenya will be negatively impacted by increased global sea level rise. Policies have to be implemented in order to protect the coastal regions of Kenya and the rest of the East African country.

Where Do Changes Have to Be Implemented

Though Kenya is an exceptionally developed nation, pressures should not fall on Kenya to hastily implement warming mitigation strategies. Climatic change, as you know all too well, is a global issue that requires international cooperation in order to overcome. That said, no country in Africa is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The world leaders for carbon emissions are China, the United States and India. These countries have the most dramatic environmental impact, and therefore, the economies of those nations should be the first to institute methodologies for change. East African countries, such as Kenya, must be given the opportunity to follow the examples set by China, America and India.

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