Women produce between 60 and 80 per cent of the food in most developing countries and are responsible for half of the world's food production, yet their key role as food producers and providers, and their critical contribution to household food security, is only recently becoming recognised.

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Malawi: smallholder farm woman harvesting maize
FAO photo by A. Conti

More photos in this series:
  • Honduras: a group of women cultivating lettuces in a collective garden
  • Cambodia: woman cleaning fish to prepare it for drying and salting
  • Albania: farm woman leading her cow past a stack of hay
  • Ghana: woman cooking on an improved smokeless oven
  • China: girl with a basket of melons for her village market
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