#14-19 Coffee Women of India … and the feminization of farming

In the hilly Kordagu (AKA Coorg) region of Karnataka state, coffee has been grown for generations. Like other small-scale agriculture in the era of globalization, financial rewards are small and women carry an increasing amount of the work.

Host(s): Smita Ramanathan and Manju Venkat
Featured Speakers/Guests: 

1. Saleela Patkar: An engineer and researcher on women in agriculture, whose grandmother farmed and who now grows organic coffee

2. Shantamma: Longtime coffee farm labourer. 

3. Kaveramma: Worked coffee plantations since childhood; grows coffee and cardamom.

4. 74 year old Leelavathi manages a 40 acre farm. She took over when her husband went into politics. 

5. Mrinalini, a trained engineer, helps her mother Leelavathi on their farm.

Credits: Manju Venkat: Interviews, narration; Smita Ramanathan: Interviews, narration, script; Varun Venkat: Editing. Series Producer, Frieda Werden.

Photo: Kaveramma, photographed by Smita Ramanathan