female farmers

“It wasn’t until I saw the absence of men that I challenged my own stereotypes."
Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz pays tribute to agriculture's hidden heroines. To date, Guyler-Alaniz has photographed 65
If women had access to the resources and tools they needed, the FAO says that between 100 and 150 million more people could be fed.
If you saw Aqwalina's lush farm today, you would be shocked to learn that it was basically barren just a couple of years ago. But when her abusive husband abandoned the family, she turned a challenging situation into a new opportunity.
With more than 75 percent of the population living in rural areas, farming comprises up to 75 percent of Tanzania's workforce and farming while heavily pregnant has lead to considerable cause for alarm in the realm of maternal health.
"If I can do something to help lift up and bring to light what these women do, it gives me a satisfaction," said Guyler-Alaniz
"When you think of a farmer, you don't automatically think of a woman." Marji Guyler-Alaniz, the photographer behind FarmHer said. Yet she knew that women were farming -- it just wasn't being reinforced to the public through stories or photos.
Gender equity, where women and men are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential, is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. When gender equity is present, we find accountability, efficiency and sustainability.
A significant share of rural households in all regions are headed by women and women are engaged in unpaid family work, meaning rural women on average work much longer hours than men.
Women farmers work hard to grow food for themselves and their families, and for sale. They plant and tend, fertilize and weed, harvest and process -- in short, do all it takes to produce a crop. But they don't get much in return.
2011-09-14-womenfarmers.jpgThe 30 women profiled in this book share a common vision for what constitutes a sustainable food system.
Men are the seed-sowers and women are the soil -- or so goes the basic premise behind the McElvaine Thesis, which argues