The knowledge of the silent workers cannot be found in a science textbook. Indigenous knowledge is formed and constructed primarily by the hands of women workers in third world countries. This article explores this idea further of how women in Sub-Saharan Africa are needed more than ever to truly make a difference in the hunger crisis. This acknowledges that reform needs to come from the roots upward, versus from the top down model of power. As Shiva says, "Diversity is the principle of women's work and knowledge. It is the reason that women's knowledge and work have been discounted in the patriarchal calculus."
It is well documented that within rural areas of the world, responsibility falls upon women to produce the food for the local benefit. If it is food that ultimately controls the world's livelihood, then what does it mean when a top-down model of power comes in to restructure the production processes to fit a globalized standard, not a localized one? The answer is that the responsibility and strain falls principally on women. However, as the work done by women is almost invisible (being that women are not allowed to own land, and work is done in the name of the household owner) how can such strains be accounted for?