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How to eradicate rural poverty
Population growth, increasing urbanization, modern technologies, and climate change are transforming the world at a fast pace. But what direction are these transformations headed in? Are they benefiting the poor and the food insecure? And will the food systems of the future be able to feed and employ the millions of young people poised to enter labor markets in the decades to come?
Official: Iran developing $3.5b rural industrialization plan
Iran is planning to invest $3.5 billion in rural areas as part of a master plan to create jobs and decentralize industries, said the vice president for rural affairs.
600 tourism projects completed since 2013
$3.3m allocated for rural tourism
Cultural Heritage Desk Over 600 semi-finished tourism projects were completed nationwide since the current government took office in 2013, said deputy head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.
Rural job creation holds key to development, food security goals
Harvesting the benefits of core agricultural research, which often bears on improved crop varieties and plant diseases, increasingly depends on the social and economic conditions into which its seeds are sown.
Refugees and rural poverty
By Kanayo F. Nwanze*
US rural hospitals safer, cheaper for common surgeries
Having a commonplace surgery — such as a gallbladder removal — may be safer when done in a rural hospital in the US compared to a suburban or city hospital, a new study finds.
First rural mobile doll museum launched
The first mobile museum of dolls and toys was launched at an ancient hosseinieh (a prayer or religious center) in Ardebilak Village, Qazvin Province.
Rural tourism fails to pick up
Inhabitants of a majority of Iranian villages are not too keen on having their orchards and green spaces frequented by tourists out of fear of damages to property, observed Mojgan Sabet-Teymouri, a member of University Jihad's Tourism Research Center.
Dental services for rural residents
Dental services will be offered to rural pregnant women and children below 14 years, said the deputy health minister for health affairs.
Rural inflation down 1.6%
The inflation rate in rural areas fell 1.6 percent to 17.3 percent for the 12-month period ending November 21, the Statistical Center of Iran announced.
90% of rural roads asphalted
About 90 percent of rural roads have been asphalted since the victory of Islamic Revolution, said the deputy roads and urban development minister for rural affairs.
Socioeconomic role of rural women significant
Rural women play a major role in socioeconomic developments, said the secretary general of the Group of Eight Developing Islamic Countries (D-8).
Economic conditions of rural women undesirable
Rural women are deprived of many privileges, while their participation in economic activities has increased significantly in the past two decades, said a sociologist.
Rural women face  greater poverty, discrimination
Women outnumber men in villages, which could make them more prone to poverty and discrimination, said Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi.

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