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Berber villages in the snowy foothills of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Villagers make their living farming, herding cattle, and making and selling honey, olive oil and pottery. Extreme weather and erosion causing flooding and landslides have led to a drop in agricultural productivity
Workers deliver saffron flowers to a farmer in the Ghoriyan district of Herat. Saffron cultivation requires a great deal of land and intensive labour, but the world’s most expensive spice could be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan. In Herat, about 6,000 people – 4,000 of them women – are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres of land.
A farmer wearing a suit of acronyms from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy takes part in a French farmers protest with the FNSEA (Federation Nationale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles) and JA (Jeunes Agriculteurs, or Young Farmers union) unions in Le Mans, France, on Wednesday
A labourer carries banana stems during a harvest in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India. About 833m people out of India’s 1.2bn population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and the sector provides 14% of the nation’s GDP
Farmer Harald Wenske drives his boat, loaded with pumpkins, on a so-called Fliess, which is a water vein of the river Spree near the village of Lehde, eastern Germany
Winning bulls are led from the judging ring at the North Devon Show, near Barnstaple on Wednesday. The show is North Devon’s premier agricultural spectacle and a celebration of North Devon’s farming roots
Labourers pick onions in a field near Multan in the South Punjab province
A farm worker walks through wheat during a harvest in Panipat, Haryana, India. Inflation is a main issue in the general election campaign and uncertainty over guaranteed agriculture prices poses a risk to inflation forecasts, the country’s central bank said.
French veterinarians march to the health ministry in Paris on Wednesday to seek the removal of a provision in an agriculture bill that will restrict drug delivery by practitioners
Unemployed people pick cabbages at a state-owned vegetable factory on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, for $9.80 a day. All the factory’s employees, including engineers and office staff, also have to work at least several days in the fields without extra pay to bring in the vegetables before the first frost.
Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, California, USA. Thousands of Mexican workers cross the border legally each night from Mexicali, Mexico into Calexico, California, where they pick up work as agricultural day labourers at rates of pay considered too low by local US residents.
An Indian farmer holds paddy saplings on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India on Wednesday. The lower house of India’s parliament on Monday approved a bill that proposes to provide cheaper grain to more than 800 million people across the country.
A group of Nepalese farmers return home carrying their belongings after planting rice in a field at the beginning of the monsoon season in Jitpur village, on the outskirts of capital Kathmandu on Wednesday. Nepal will be celebrating National Paddy Day on June 29 2013. On this day, known as Asar Pandra, farmers begin the annual rice planting season and mark the day with various festivities such as preparing rice meals with muddy water, mud being a symbol for a prosperous season. The agricultural sector contributes about 60 per cent to Nepal’s gross domestic product.