In Southeast Asia and the Pacific, as well as Latin America, women's home gardens represent some of the most complex agricultural systems known. Rural women in developing countries play a crucial role as custodians of genetic diversity and related knowledge on plant varieties and their uses.

Sri Lanka: women at work in their home garden
FAO photo by G. Bizzarri

More photos in this series:
  • India: women farmers transplanting rice in a trial field
  • Mali: women drawing water for villagers from a well
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