Getting ready to go in search of a new origin for Source Climate Change Coffee- Tanzania here we come!
As I write this, I am preparing to leave for warmer climates once more. This time, Tanzania, better known as the land of a thousand safaris and home to the Maasai warrior! Yes folks, you can find them in Northern Tanzania too… But why Tanzania? Did you know that:
- Almost 38 % of the country is forested? Imagine 33,5 million hectares of land, the same size as the United Kingdom AND Ireland covered in rainforests!
- These forests have over 1,890 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. Of these, about 170 are endemic. That means that they exist only in the Tanzanian rainforest. And sadly, of these, roughly 110 are at risk of extinction.
- The forest is disappearing at an alarming rate, between 1990 and 2010, Tanzania lost almost 20% of its rainforest cover. These forests are increasingly threatened by the need of a rapidly expanding population for fuel wood, as well as commercial felling of timber and expanding agriculture which makes up 58% of Gross National Product.