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Pakistan: A Women Open School (WOS) facilitator holding a pumpkin from the school garden. The Women Open School (WOS) trains rural women through experiential learning and skill development on pesticide risk reduction, kitchen gardening and small enterprise development such as goat and chicken farming and vegetable seed production. ©FAO/Farooq Naeem www.fao.org

Indian environmental and “alter-globalization” activist Vandana Shiva is an outspoken campaigner for protecting seed biodiversity against biotech-profiteering and genetic engineering. Her grassroots approach has helped to redefine food security and the “green revolution” as a movement that empowers local food growers, rather than big agribusiness. She is the founder of Navdanya, a NGO based in Dehradun, India that promotes organic farming and seed-saving.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Women harvesting Chinese cabbage. As part of its urban and peri-urban horticulture project, FAO has provided farmers with improved-variety seeds and has rehabilitated irrigation and flood-prevention infrastructures. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin www.fao.org

Miss Mucaniama, Himba tribe Angola. Himba women are famous for covering their body and hair with a paste made of butter, ochre (hematite powder) and ashes, called otjize, which is supposed to protect them from the sun and the insects. The red complexion it gives to women’s skin, is considered a sign of beauty. © Eric Lafforgue www.ericlafforgue...

Togo: A woman working in a tomato field. ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano www.fao.org

Darfuri women and children wait outside a refugee camp in Bahai, Chad

Chad: Women from the village of Boula-Ngara making a wind-breaking fence which allows them to cultivate a market garden. ©FAO/Sia Kambou www.fao.org

Asia - Philippines / Kaumahan Festival in Barili - Cebu by RURO photography, via Flickr | A festival of revelry where merry making and showcasing of Barili’s agricultural products takes center stage which give rise to the town’s agricultural and economic development.