In many households, women manage those components of the farming system that contain high levels of diversity, such as home gardens. Women's home gardens are often informal "experimental stations" in which they transfer, encourage and tend indigenous species. Home gardens also often provide vegetables and fruits that are the main source of vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy family diet.

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Honduras: a group of women cultivating lettuces in a collective garden
FAO photo by G. Bizzarri

More photos in this series:
  • 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
  • China: girl with a basket of melons for her village market
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