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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

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

Mauritania: A farmer family tilling and sowing a field that regularly feeds up to 10 people. ©FAO/Giampiero Diana 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

Democratic Republic of Congo: Women and children walking along a dirt road carrying produce to market in Kabalo. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin www.fao.org

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

Beautiful lady in Putia, Bangladesh, David Lazar, photographer