Trade and markets


Tea - FAO composite price

Tea is a beverage made from the Camellia sinesis plant (as opposed to herbal "teas" which are infusions made from plants that have nothing to do with Camellia sinesis). Tea is the world’s most consumed drink, after water. It is believed that tea originated in northeast India, north Burma and southwest China, but the exact place where the plant first grew is not known. Tea has been with us for a long time. There is evidence that tea was consumed in China 5 000 years ago, during the Qin Dynasty.

Kenya's Tea Sector under Climate Change: An impact assessment and formulation of a climate-smart strategy
Changing weather patterns in Kenya are increasingly being experienced within agricultural systems, including by farmers. In Kenya, there is particular concern with regard to the effects of climate change on tea – an extremely important sector for the economy. Tea producers already are facing reduced and erratic rainfall, a higher rate of hail or frost and rising temperatures that heavily affect yields and productivity levels. Over 500 000 smallholder tea producers are facing increased uncertainty about their livelihoods in the future. The challenge of climate change is raising concern at the policy level over the long-term viability of the tea value chain.

World statistical compendium for raw hides and skins, leather and leather footwear 1998-2014
The detailed statistical data on production, utilization and trade of hides and skins, leather and leather footwear are preceded by eleven summary tables highlighting the salient features and changes which have taken place in the hides and skins and leather sub-sector.


External links

  • Tea Council
    The world's largest resource of tea and health related information
  • Tea Advisory Panel
    Provides independent and objective information about the latest health benefits regarding black tea