India is the world's largest producer of sugar and the second largest exporter. Fifty million families work in India's sugar industry.
Climate Home News set out to investigate the plight of farm owners and migrant labourers who grow and produce sugar that is used in Diet Coke and in Kit Kat chocolate bars. The investigation revealed they are suffering the full onslaught of climate change, with floods, droughts, and heatwaves destroying their harvests and creating dangerous working conditions. They also face exploitation and harassment while working in the fields and receive little support from the government.
This four-part series, also published on Scroll.in, traces India's sugar supply chain, from farm to fork, and focuses on the vulnerable men, women, and children who help produce sugary treats that are sold around the world.