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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. Speak­ers (all in in Madik­eri, Kodagu dis­trict, Kar­nata­ka state):

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.