Women have a predominant role in food processing and are commonly responsible for marketing. To improve food production for the household, greater priority has to be given to increasing women's participation in market production as well as other income-generating ventures. Women's purchasing power may be used to pay for inputs used in food production.

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China: girl with a basket of melons for her village market
FAO photo by Peyton Johnson

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
  • Ghana: woman cooking on an improved smokeless oven
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