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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.

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

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

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

Supporting women farmers improves food security

The Female Face of Farming - take a look at this infographic highlighting the importance of women in agriculture & the powerful impact reducing the gender gap can have on agriculture.