Working in the Rice Paddy in Bangladesh
I have to admit that I know very little about rice and how it is grown and harvested.
That being said, I'm floored by this photographic journey through the process of harvesting rice.
Jankie, the photographer, did an excellent job documenting this traditional farming method.
Turns out, working the rice paddy fields is really hard work.
"Old lady walking her cow home through the paddy fields. This Santal woman lives in an adivasi (tribal) area in the north of Bangladesh. Especially for older women in Bangladesh it is very hard to survive. Sometimes a cow is the only thing they possess. Sometimes it is not even their own, but they raise it for someone else and then get half of its offspring." - Jankie
"Harvesting paddy in BangladeshHarvesting in Bangladesh is mostly done by daylabourers or by a group of labourers on contract. They do hard work for low wages."-Jankie
"Harvested paddy is often still carried to the farm by labourers who have to work very hard to survive. It may also be transported in other ways such as by bullock cart on nowadays more mechanically driven carts." -Jankie
"Gradualy there is more mechanisation. The power tiller is arriving here. "-Jankie
"Half of these fields have already been harvested." -Jankie
"Boiling and drying paddy at the rice mill in a village in Bangladesh. Women toil all day long for meager wages." -Jankie