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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C), ...French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C), French Agriculture minister and Government spokesperson Stephane Le Foll (L) and French Economy and Industry minister Emmanuel Macron talk to journalists after a meeting amid a crisis in France's agricultural sector in Paris on February 8, 2016.   French farmers have carried out a string of demonstrations for nearly two weeks against the falling prices of their products, demanding structural measures to strengthen price rates. / AFP / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C), French Agriculture minister and Government spokesperson Stephane Le Foll (L) and French Economy and Industry minister Emmanuel Macron talk to journalists after a meeting amid a crisis in France’s agricultural sector in Paris. French farmers have carried out a string of demonstrations for nearly two weeks against the falling prices of their products, demanding structural measures to strengthen price rates. 

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French anti-riot officers watch from behind a barrier as French farmers start blocking the access to the prefecture of Eure et Loir with tyres and straw in Chartres, central France, as part of a protest against the falling prices of their agricultural products

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A man grasps a bag of tangerines as people receive free produce, handed out by farmers, during a protest over the government’s proposal to overhaul the country’s ailing pension system in Athens, Greece 

French Farmers block the RN12 road near Guingamp, western France, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.  About 60 tractors and about 200 farmers took part in Fridayís protest, among several the farmers have carried out after, they say the French government has done little to help. The farmers want more help from the government, saying they cannot pay off their expenses because prices have stagnated or fallen while they face higher expenses than their competitors elsewhere in the European Union. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

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French Farmers block the RN12 road near Guingamp, France. About 60 tractors and about 200 farmers took part in Friday’s protest after, they say the French government has done little to help. The farmers want more help from the government, saying they cannot pay off their expenses because prices have stagnated or fallen while they face higher expenses than their competitors elsewhere in the European Union 

A Romanian shepherd, carrying his traditional stick and a wrinkled banner, shouts while running towards the main entrance gate of the Romania's Parliament Palace, during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, 15 December 2015. Up to one thousand of farmers from all over the country, organized by their trade union confederation, gathered to protest against the government's shepherd regulating policies, demanding greater state-subsidies for the traditional rural farming system. Shepherds stormed the Parliament fence, forcing the entrance gates while scuffling with riot police, occupying a part of the parliament yard. The new laws restrict the rights of grazing during the winter, as well as the maximum number of shepherd dogs for a traditional style of shepherding with a history of thousands of years.

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A Romanian shepherd, carrying his traditional stick and a wrinkled banner, shouts while running towards the main entrance gate of the Romania’s Parliament Palace, during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, on Tuesday. Up to one thousand farmers from all over the country gathered to protest against the government’s shepherd regulating policies

A farmer tries to protect himself as he clashes with a riot policeman during an anti-government protest at central Syntagma square in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Greek farmers protesting over planned tax and pension reforms demanded by the country's bailout creditors have clashed outside parliament with police, who used tear gas to disperse them.

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A farmer tries to protect himself as he clashes with a riot policeman during an anti-government protest at central Syntagma square in Athens, Wednesday. Greek farmers protesting over planned tax and pension reforms demanded by the country’s bailout creditors have clashed outside parliament with police, who used tear gas to disperse them

Belgian riot police stand covered in straw sprayed from a combine harvester by European farmers during a protest blocking access to the European institutions in Brussels on Monday

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Belgian riot police stand covered in straw sprayed from a combine harvester by European farmers during a protest blocking access to the European institutions in Brussels on Monday

Sculptures of dairy cows hang on tractors cranes as farmers and dairy farmers from all over Europe take part in a demonstration outside an European Union farm ministers emergency meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels...Sculptures of dairy cows hang on tractors cranes as farmers and dairy farmers from all over Europe take part in a demonstration outside an European Union farm ministers emergency meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 7, 2015. Thousands of farmers gathered in the European capital calling for more help with low prices and high costs in the European Union's largest agricultural producer country.    REUTERS/Yves Herman

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Sculptures of dairy cows hang on tractors cranes as farmers and dairy farmers from all over Europe take part in a demonstration outside an European Union farm ministers emergency meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Thousands of farmers gathered in the European capital calling for more help with low prices and high costs in the European Union’s largest agricultural producer country. 

Afghan farmers carry bundles of wheat during harvest, on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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Afghan farmers carry bundles of wheat during harvest, on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif

A French farmer pushes tyres onto fire with his tractor to block the A1 Lille-Paris highway early in the morning in Seclin, northern France

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A French farmer pushes tyres onto fire with his tractor to block the A1 Lille-Paris highway early in the morning in Seclin, northern France, on Wednesday. The French President on Tuesday promised measures to help livestock and dairy farmers who have been protesting for weeks over what they say is a squeeze on their profits by retailers and food processors.

Filipino women have their heads shaved during a rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday March 9, 2015. Fifteen women farmers had their heads shaved to protest the alleged failure of the House of Representatives to immediately pass bills that could extend and overhaul the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

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Filipina women have their heads shaved during a rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday. Fifteen women farmers had their heads shaved to protest against the alleged failure of the House of Representatives to immediately pass bills that could extend and overhaul the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)

North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are girding for the possibility of floods, which, after weeks of drought, have already caused some damage across wide swaths of the nation.

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North Korean men cycle in the rain past homes built for farmers at the Mangyongdae Cooperative Farm on Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea. As the planting season ends and the rainy season begins, North Koreans are preparing for the possibility of floods

Japanese farmers and their supporters hold placards of against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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Japanese farmers and their supporters hold placards against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal at a rally in front of the prime minister’s Tokyo residence. Japan wants to retain tariffs on rice, wheat, beef and pork, sugar, and dairy products, amid strong concern from the domestic agricultural industry.

A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy program from the government outside the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand's ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered government.

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A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy from the government outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense in Bangkok, Thailand. The ambitious rice-buying programme was intended by Thailand’s ruling party to uplift millions of its poor rural supporters

Farmers, who came from the southern Greek island of Crete, clash with riot police during a demonstration outside the Parliament in Athens

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Farmers from Crete, the southern Greek island, clash with riot police in Athens over a new property tax that will extend the levy to farms as MPs vote in parliament

Nomadic shepherds from Rajasthan herd their sheep at a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi on December 9, 2013. These shepherds still cling on to pastoral nomadic life, trekking long distances in search of pasture for their sheep.

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Nomadic shepherds from Rajasthan herd their sheep at a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi on Monday. They still cling on to pastoral nomadic life, trekking long distances in search of pasture for their sheep.

A young Thai buffalo rider, center, raises his arm after winning the preliminary round race during an annual buffalo race in Chonburi province, southeastern Thailand, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The annual race is a celebration among rice farmers before harvesting rice.

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A young Thai buffalo rider, centre, raises his arm after winning the preliminary round during an annual race in Chonburi Province, southeastern Thailand, on Friday. The race is a celebration among rice farmers before harvesting rice.

Nepal rice planting season starts...epa03760821 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, Nepal, 26 June 2013. Nepal will be celebrating National Paddy Day on 29 June 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.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

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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.

People throw mud onto each other at a crop field during Hucang Festival at Zhangjiajie, Hunan province June 5, 2013. Hucang Festival is a traditional celebration among local ethnic Tujia people, who believe the muddier a person is after the celebration, the better the harvest he or she will enjoy.

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People throw mud at each other in a crop field during Hucang Festival at Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. 

Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 10, 2013. Opium poppy cultivation has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the U.N. said in a report. Poppy cultivation is also dramatically increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, the report showed, especially in regions where thousands of U.S.-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing. The report indicates that whatever international efforts have been made to wean local farmers off the crop have failed.

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Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul in Afghanistan. Opium poppy cultivation has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the UN said in a report. Poppy cultivation is also increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, the report showed, especially in regions where thousands of US-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing. The report indicates that whatever international efforts have been made to wean local farmers off the crop have failed.