Ministry of Interior, Housing Foundation to Expand Rural Development

TEHRAN – The Interior Ministry and the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding to boost rural development, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Within the framework of the MoU, the creation of a positive and constructive interaction between municipalities and village administrators and the Housing Foundation in the field of rural development is envisaged, said Mehdi Jamali Nejad, Deputy Minister of Interior for urban and rural development.

The review and implementation of rural development plans with priority given to less developed cities are among the areas of cooperation, he added.

He mentioned improving the quality of rural constructions and promoting indigenous and Islamic-Iranian architecture as other areas of cooperation in the memorandum.

Rural development, reverse migration

Currently, 26% of the country’s population lives in villages, about 39,000 villages have more than 20 households, and 23,000 villages have less than 20 households.

Many efforts have been made over the past two years to support the villagers and slow down the trend of migration.

Thus, more than 97% of the country’s rural population lives in villages with more than 20,000 households.

In Iran, where villages generate 20-23% of the country’s value added, the development of rural areas has always been at the forefront of government activities.

Many efforts have been made over the past two years by the government to support the villagers and slow down the trend of migration from rural areas to cities.

Rural tourism, agritourism, religious tourism and ecotourism are alternative or complementary economic activities that could further stimulate rural development while decreasing the dependence of rural communities on one main economic sector (agriculture, forestry, energy or mining). mining).

Mohammad Omid, the vice president of rural development, said in November 2020 that for the first time in the country, the migration of people from rural areas to cities had reached zero.

Since 2003, some 37,919 village administrative offices have been established across the country, serving approximately 95% of the country’s rural population.

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