Rice farmers Carrying Rice Seedlings for Planting, Banaue, Philippines

Photo | April 7, 2014

Rice terraces are diverse ecosystems where varied vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and watercress, are grown next to rice. Fish and snails are also found in the rice paddies. Families also maintain home gardens with chickens and pigs. Such crop and food diversity ensures a healthy and balanced diet for the farmers’ families and their communities.