Malawi is Africa's second-largest producer of Tea after Kenya. It borders Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast and Mozambique to the east, south and west. Between Malawi and Tanzania is the world-famous Lake Malawi.
The Malawian Tea Industry dates back to 1891. A Scotsman named Henry Brown began experimenting with Tea-growing in Malawi after moving there from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). While in Ceylon, he had grown Coffee, but a plant-based disease had ruined his crop.
Today, over 50,000 people work for Malawi's Tea sector. 51% of the total tea workers who make a living income are women. The peak Tea season starts in October and ends in April when plentiful rain encourages the Tea bushes to flush almost continuously.
Malawi Tea grows on 18,000 hectares of the country's landmass: 9,000 hectares in Thyolo districts; 6,220 hectares in Malanje; and 650 hectares in Nkhata Bay, located on the western shore of Lake Malawi. In total, the country exports over 35,000 tonnes of Tea yearly, with over 64% of that exported to the UK and South Africa.