A Rural Festival that was focused on Sustainable Livelihoods was held in Yerevan (Armenia) with presence of local farmers, local women cooperatives, international agencies, and environmental NGOs.
According to the Mehr News Agency, the Rural Festival was held on September 16th 2017 in English Park of Yerevan, Armenia with presence of local farmers, local women cooperatives, international agencies, and environmental NGOs.
Hormod Sustainable Development Institute was the only representative from I.R. Iran in the Rural Festival aiming to introduce the capacities of the rural women, by exhibiting some of the handicrafts and products developed by projects supported through GEF SGP at UNDP Iran, along with other rural products from Sistan-Baluchestan, Hormozgan, Bushehr, Khuzestan, Yazd and Kerman provinces of Iran.
It is worth mentioning that this year has been announced as the "Year of the Mat" by the Deputy for Handicrafts of the Cultural Heritage Organization, so part of the rural products presented from Iran were related to this art, but also some of the handicrafts presented were produced with support of GEF SGP-UNDP projects in Qeshm Island, as a result of capacity building and sustainable rural livelihood projects.
While visiting the Iranian booth, the Minister of Agriculture of Armenia praised the art in these rural handicrafts. Also compost produced by rural women of Esbukola in Mazandaran and Kafshgiri village in Golestan province were presented. In fact, Hormod Institute and GEF SGP-UNDP already implemented a joint project in collaboration with Farid Youth House and Nature Supporters of Esbukola, where rural women helped reduce waste and methane emissions by converting household waste and agricultural waste to compost, and using it further for organic agriculture and production of healthier crops.
In the closing ceremony, the Rural Festival organizers officially acknowledged Hormod Sustainable Development Institute for giving a speech in the inauguration ceremony, for active participation in the event and for introducing the capacities of the rural communities of Iran in this event.