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International Tea Day

21 May, 2021

Tea is a beverage made from the Camellia sinesis plant, and is the world’s most consumed drink, after water. Originating from northeast India, north Myanmar and southwest China, there is evidence of tea being consumed in China 5,000 years ago. Tea production and processing are major livelihood sources for millions of families in developing countries. Tea can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction and food security in developing countries. The beverage is also associated with having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and weight loss health benefits and of cultural significance in many societies. Established in 2020, International Tea Day is to promote and foster collective actions to implement activities in favour of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and raise awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty. Highly sensitive to changes in growing conditions, tea is only produced under narrowly defined agro-ecological conditions in a very limited number of countries, many of which are heavily impacted by climate change. Changes in temperature and rainfall patterns, with more floods and droughts, affect yields, tea product quality and prices, lowering incomes and threatening rural livelihoods.

 

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