A man deftly climbs a palm tree to pick coconuts in Kerala, India. Many coconut pickers have benefited from new equipment that makes the job safer and allows them to work faster and earn more money – developments that for the first time have drawn women to the job. Photo: ShutterstockA man deftly climbs a palm tree to pick coconuts in Kerala, India. Many coconut pickers have benefited from new equipment that makes the job safer and allows them to work faster and earn more money – developments that for the first time have drawn women to the job. Photo: Shutterstock
A man deftly climbs a palm tree to pick coconuts in Kerala, India. Many coconut pickers have benefited from new equipment that makes the job safer and allows them to work faster and earn more money – developments that for the first time have drawn women to the job. Photo: Shutterstock

Like coconut water? Ever wonder who picks the coconuts? Men and women in India climb 80 feet up bare tree trunks to harvest them

  • Climbing up and down tall coconut palms all day to harvest the nuts takes guts, agility, and stamina. Thankfully, new equipment has made the job safer in India
  • The 50,000 men – and increasingly, women – who do the job in Kerala state are also better paid thanks to unionisation and machinery that lets them work faster

Topic |   Food and agriculture
A man deftly climbs a palm tree to pick coconuts in Kerala, India. Many coconut pickers have benefited from new equipment that makes the job safer and allows them to work faster and earn more money – developments that for the first time have drawn women to the job. Photo: ShutterstockA man deftly climbs a palm tree to pick coconuts in Kerala, India. Many coconut pickers have benefited from new equipment that makes the job safer and allows them to work faster and earn more money – developments that for the first time have drawn women to the job. Photo: Shutterstock
A man deftly climbs a palm tree to pick coconuts in Kerala, India. Many coconut pickers have benefited from new equipment that makes the job safer and allows them to work faster and earn more money – developments that for the first time have drawn women to the job. Photo: Shutterstock
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