Throughout the world, women are the principal guarantors of nutrition, food safety and quality at household and community levels. They are the ones who most often produce, purchase, handle, prepare and serve food for the family. Yet development interventions aiming to improve nutritional status and access to food often bypass women.

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Ghana: woman cooking on an improved smokeless oven
FAO photo by P. Cenin

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
  • Albania: farm woman leading her cow past a stack of hay
  • China: girl with a basket of melons for her village market
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