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Niger: Women waiting to receive improved millet and green bean seeds at an FAO distribution center. ©FAO/Issouf Sanogo www.fao.org

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

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

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

A hill tribe woman washes clothes outside her home in Sapa, Viet Nam. Photo ID 491893. 22/06/2011. Sapa, Viet Nam. UN Photo/Kibae Park. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Pakistan: A rural woman harvesting vegetables in a field as part of the Women Open School (WOS), where women gain experiential learning and skill development on pesticide risk reduction, kitchen gardening and small enterprise development (goat and chicken farming and vegetable seed production). ©FAO/Farooq Naeem www.fao.org

Stefania Gheorghe relaxing with family members and neighbors at her home in the village of Frumusani. Romania. 10 May 2013. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Stefania Gheorghe with little sisters Florina, Stefania and Sebina while World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim talks to their father at their home in a Roma community in the village of Frumusani. Romania. 10 May 2013. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

A woman carries her belongings and some sugar cane as she flees recent fighting in North Kivu province's Rutshuru region in Democratic Republic of the Congo. © UNHCR/S.Modola

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.

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.

Sleeping market woman,Tunisia.

A Somali Bantu #refugee waits to be resettled to U.S.A. Dagahaley Camp, Dadaab, #Kenya. UNHCR / B. Press / July 2002

women farmers planting rice, Lalitpur, Nepal. #nepalorbust

Niger, 2005: A woman adjusts the sling carrying her two-year-old child. Niger, together with Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In 2010, UNICEF joined an array of partners for the Women Deliver conference – an all-out effort to renew commitments to Millennium Development Goal 5, which calls for radical reductions in maternal mortality and universal access to reproductive health. © UNICEF/Chalasani - More information: http://www.unicef...

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. © UNICEF/Olivier Asselin - http://www.unicef.org

Though progress has been made in promoting and protecting women’s rights, women and girls continue to face discrimination in many facets of their lives. In agriculture, for example, discrimination causes female farmers to have less access than their male counterparts to agricultural inputs, services and opportunities, such as land, fertilizer, financial services, education and decent employment.