Veerakathi Navaraththinam wraps cucumbers in palmyra leaves at his garden in Uduvil, a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Farmers harvest cucumbers from March to August and place them in these leaves for sale.
Guillermo Antonio Altamirano Ramírez monitors his cornfield on the banks of the Tonameca River in San Isidro del Palmar, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. The river flooded in August after heavy rainfall, leaving soggy crops and football fields. “No one is denying that this is how nature is,” Altamirano says, recalling when Hurricane Paulina came through the area nearly 23 years ago. “This doesn’t even compare to Paulina. This was just a little flood.”
Otgonsuren Altan-Ochir, 17, paints cloth bags with eco-friendly paints at Tenkhleg, a department store in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Otgonsuren is making an effort to be more environmentally conscious by using these reusable bags.
Aldahir Díaz Aguilar, left, and Pedro Maldonado discuss operations as they walk through a creole poblano chile farm in Calpan, a region in Mexico’s Puebla state. The duo work with Sociedad Cooperativa Sabores de Calpan, a cooperative that encourages local residents to visit farms to learn about plant cultivation.
Khurbilguun Sergelen, 14, shears a sheep at his neighbor’s home in Bayan, a neighborhood in the Bayandalai soum of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Every June and July, herders in Mongolia shear all their sheep.
From left, Laila Torres, 16, Jezael Torres, 12, and Ilianys Miranda, 8, load soil into a wheelbarrow for planting in Orocovis, a mountainous town in central Puerto Rico. Approximately 14 children have been meeting at the Solidarity House, in the Miraflores sector of Orocovis, since early July for ecology camp. At the camp, known as the Miraflores Children’s Agricultural School, children plant and harvest food and learn about inclusive language, agroecology and sustainability.
Battsetseg Sharavjamts waters vegetables in her greenhouse in Orkhon, a soum in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. Battsetseg has grown vegetables at home for five years and uses them to feed her husband and three children.
Amarbayasgalan Byambajav trims a tree into a heart shape in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. Every summer, employees in the Department of Gardening and Horticulture reshape the trees in the city center.
Irmuun Bayanmunkh, 7, waits for his horse to be saddled in Mongolia’s Tuv province. Irmuun is learning to ride horses at his uncle’s house while schools are shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus. In late January, Mongolia was one of the first countries to secure borders and close schools.
Eric Rodríguez, 11, fishes with his family at the Humacao Nature Reserve in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The land, previously dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane, was designated as a conservation project in 1986.
Webster Msika waters his sugar bean field in Harare, Zimbabwe. Msika, an urban farmer who grows crops for his family and to sell to the community, needed to keep the plants watered to prevent them from being affected by erratic rain patterns. He says his yield this season will be less compared to when there rainfall is normal.
Tafadzwa Mazanhi (left) and Kim Dingaan sit at a scenic overlook called Prince of Wales on a road in the Vumba Mountains to the southeast of Mutare, Zimbabwe, carving stone. The overlook is popular with tourists and locals who purchase stone works from the sculptors.
Farmer Sophie Mayaza travels by canoe to sell the produce she grows in bulk to resellers on the other side of the Tshopo River, commonly known as the “left bank,” about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the city of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The resellers sell the produce at various small markets in neighboring villages.
Jean Robert Pierre (from left), Jacques Boré, and André Jeudi prepare their nets before casting into Port-au-Prince Bay outside of Titanyen, a village in Haiti. When the sea is calm, the group of fishermen can catch up to 4 or 5-gallon buckets full of fish, shrimp and crabs, which they sell at the market or directly to their customers.
Nansereko Cecilia (left) and Kabatoro Phiona winnow coffee beans at a processing plant of Qualicoff, a coffee company in Kampala, Uganda. Winnowing increases the bean’s quality by removing chaff, or the pulp and skin.
Jean Rino Malondo crosses a small river locally known as Kikongo, transporting bamboo 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the area of Simesta to sell to customers in downtown Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malondo uses a bicycle and a homemade bamboo boat to take the bamboo across the river. He has been collecting and selling bamboo for 19 years.
Miguel Raymundo plants seeds to start a forest nursery in his backyard in Nebaj, a municipality in the department of Quiché, Guatemala. Raymundo is starting multiple nurseries to experiment with new strategies to reduce pollution.
Farmer Jeanne Marie Esiso picks amaranth with her children Enock Lombale, 3, and Exaucé Lombale, 10 months, in the Kabondo commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Esiso gathers the herb every day to sell at Kisangani’s central market.