In Asia, up to 90 percent of the operations related to rice cultivation are carried out by women. Globally, women produce more than half the food that is grown and are primarily responsible for preparing, storing and processing food. In many countries, however, women are the last family members to eat, and their nutritional needs are met only when and if the men and children have had enough.

India: women farmers transplanting rice in a trial field
FAO photo by G. Bizzarri

More photos in this series:
  • Mali: women drawing water for villagers from a well
  • Sri Lanka: women at work in their home garden
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