Coffee workers in Karnataka, India

India’s coffee industry faces an enormous labor shortage. Market forces are pushing would-be rural farmers into cities at an alarming rate, hurting the farmers who are being left behind. The biggest coffee growing states in India rank at the top of the list of farmer suicide rates in India, a telling sign of the economic conditions facing growers in states like Kerala and Karnataka. While this tragedy is underway in Southern India, ironically, Starbucks is quickly expanding their business in India, opening 75 stores in 3 years, as of 2015.



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