Women play a major role in household animal-production enterprises. They tend to have the primary responsibility for taking care of small animals and ruminants. Although men are often the owners (and sellers) of large livestock, women perform most of the household labour devoted to caring for them - herding, providing water and feed, cleaning stalls and milking.

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Albania: farm woman leading her cow past a stack of hay
FAO photo by C. Grace

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