With only one rice crop per year the #Hmong people of #Sapa #Vietnam have quite a lot of time on their hands. The men often work as general laborers doing construction where locals say they're much hardier and stronger than the #Vietnamese. The women usually stay around the home making crafts to sell to tourists or making their own clothing from scratch. I'm talking weaving hemp into fabric dying it in indigo and then embellishing using batik or embroidery. Here a Hmong woman is drying…

With only one rice crop per year the #Hmong people of #Sapa #Vietnam have quite a lot of time on their hands. The men often work as general laborers doing construction where locals say they're much hardier and stronger than the #Vietnamese. The women usually stay around the home making crafts to sell to tourists or making their own clothing from scratch. I'm talking weaving hemp into fabric dying it in indigo and then embellishing using batik or embroidery. Here a Hmong woman is drying…

Woman sifts harvested rice crop in Nawad, Bihar, India | ©IFPRI/Vartika Singh

Woman sifts harvested rice crop in Nawad, Bihar, India | ©IFPRI/Vartika Singh

Modern batik painting depicting a rice crop, multicolor by Ciptoning, Indonesia. Museon, CC BY

Modern batik painting depicting a rice crop, multicolor by Ciptoning, Indonesia. Museon, CC BY

A farmer harvests her rice crop by hand in Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

A farmer harvests her rice crop by hand in Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Rice Paddy Art: Inakadate (Aomori prefecture) is the home of Japan's finest rice crop art, which is created naturally by planting different coloured #rice plants. Note the size of the three farmers. Source: http://pinktentacle.com/2010/07/photos-rice-paddy-art-2010/ #LivingArt

Rice Paddy Art: Inakadate (Aomori prefecture) is the home of Japan's finest rice crop art, which is created naturally by planting different coloured #rice plants. Note the size of the three farmers. Source: http://pinktentacle.com/2010/07/photos-rice-paddy-art-2010/ #LivingArt

The rains were kind to Cambodian farmer Tep Van last year, when the monsoon season doused his land with enough water to soak his fields and grow his precious rice crop.

The rains were kind to Cambodian farmer Tep Van last year, when the monsoon season doused his land with enough water to soak his fields and grow his precious rice crop.

News List - All I have met a friend on Facebook in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija in the Philippines who has asked me for $200 to pay for his rice-crop fertilizers, specifically Triple 14 and 1620 Urea. He has told me that his rice-harvest yield this year has not offered him enough profits to pay for his annual rice-crop fertilizer-payment this year.

News List - All I have met a friend on Facebook in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija in the Philippines who has asked me for $200 to pay for his rice-crop fertilizers, specifically Triple 14 and 1620 Urea. He has told me that his rice-harvest yield this year has not offered him enough profits to pay for his annual rice-crop fertilizer-payment this year.

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