According to the
official census, more than 42% of women are directly engaged in
food and agriculture production, processing and renovating indigenous knowledge
and rural handicrafts nationwide, an official of Agriculture –Jihad said.
Shirzad who is also the CEO of the
Central Organization for Rural Cooperatives of Iran (CORC) said more than 60000 rural women have been organized into
the 432 rural
cooperatives throughout the country to
access social integrity as well as a legal entity for boosting women
entrepreneurship and livelihood.
through organizing cooperatives can promote their legal position to engage in
major social decision -making and achievement of sustainable development goals,
furthermore by development of the national union of rural women cooperative,
the potential of these cooperatives could be exploited to develop agricultural
value chain, access to credit, infrastructural, information, and business
facilities ", Shirzad added.
on the significance of the re-engineering the status qua of the rural women cooperatives,
the official asserted that establishment of a national union could align the
rural women cooperatives with the national policy of the agriculture ministry
that in turn, will lead to integrity of the different kinds of business to
boost income the empowerment of the rural women.
"Meanwhile ,national unity ,boosting
the role-playing of rural women in the
national decision –making ,networking , systematic integrity of agriculture and
household business and improving the marketing of their product are
the main goals of establishment of the national union of rural women
cooperatives", Shirzad said.