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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

    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

    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 and children walking along a dirt road carrying produce to market in Kabalo. ©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

    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

    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

    Colombian woman with a brilliant smile

    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.

    "old woman, nepal" | nilsingemar on Flickr

    Happy Old Woman by Jaune d'eau, Changzhou, Jiangsu, China.

    woman farmer, Thar Desert. Pakistan

    Africa | People. A woman from the Ndebele tribe in South Africa carries a traditional beer container.

    Maasai woman by @PAkDocK / www.pakdock.com, via Flickr

    India | Rabari woman at Dayapur market. | © Luca Belis

    Sleeping market woman,Tunisia.

    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.

    women farmers planting rice, Lalitpur, Nepal. #nepalorbust