Inhabitants of China consumed tea thousands of years ago, according to archaeological evidence.
Water is the world's most consumed drink, and tea thereafter. It is believed that tea originated in Asia, but it is still being determined exactly where it grew first.
Several of the world's poorest countries rely heavily on the tea industry for income and export revenues, and the industry provides employment in remote, economically disadvantaged areas. Since tea is one of the most important cash crops in developing countries, it can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction, and food security. In this radio program, we hear about the medicinal benefits of tea.
Produced by Shaldon Ferris(Khoisan)
Image: Tristen Taylor
"Burn your village to the ground", by The Halluci Nation, used with permission