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On the occasion of the 2nd World Rural Development Day, Supportive Fund of Investment Development in Agriculture (SFIDA) and Office of Agriculture Activities Development of Rural and Nomadic Women, Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad are going to organize a webinar entitled: Women and Rural Development, on 6th July, 2024.

SFIDA will share the experiences from the Supportive Fund for Rural Women Agricultural Activities of Kurdistan province and Office of Agriculture Activities Development of Rural and Nomadic Women is going to share the experiences of Rural Women Micro Credit Fund of Semnan province.

There will be a speech by Sumyia Rashid, CEO, SR Asia Bangladesh and Dr. Virapat Cherdsak, DG, CIRDAP will deliver the inauguration speech.

The following link will connect you to the webinar on 6th July, 2024 at 08:00-10:00 am Iran Standard Time.


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Alizadeh Moghaddam, Chair and CEO, SFIDA as envoy of the minister inaugurated three projects on the occasion of Agriculture Jahad Week in Ardebil Province.

The inaugurated projects are:

  1. A research center for Potato seeds including the farm, chamber and cooling room.
  2. An access asphalt road to Greenhouse State
  3. A greenhouse chamber for Indian pennywort, (Centella Asiatica) including Germination Chamber/Growth Room for Seedling Production, warehouse, pre-cooling and cooling house.

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The role of support funds for the development of the agricultural sector in providing financial resources for the livestock sub-sector, including working capital for active units, Livestock inputs supply, activating non-active, semi-functional and semi-constructed units were discussed by SFIDA CEO and chair, board members, CEOs of national and provincial Agricultural Support.

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CEO and board members of SFIDA and the head of the Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad branch of Fars Province, held a meeting with members of Fars province agriculture support funds on May 8th.
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The Research and Technology Fund and some of its member signed different MOUs with Armenian Agriculture sector businessmen to provide them knowledge based services.

Dariush Shahriari, CEO of the fund said: these MOUs will strengthen the collaboration among our science based companies who are the member of the fund and Armenian partners and accordingly will extend the regional cooperation of the members to achieve more efficient Agriculture.

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HLP convention in Agriculture in collaboration with S.F.I.D.A.
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SFIDA is jointly organizing a 3 day HLP (Horizontal Learning Program) convention. In this webinar, governmental organizations and NGOs from different countries, share their good practices in Agriculture activities.

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CIRDAP and SFIDA expand their cooperation due to 3-year MOU.
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The Director General, CIRDAP and chairman and CEO of SFIDA on a meeting held online, signed an MOU to share their experiences and knowledge to help the improvement of agriculture sector in Iran and other member countries of CIRDAP.

Dr. Cherdsak Virapat, Director General of CIRDAP emphasized that SFIDA’s experiences in financial support and developing funds in agricultural sector is a good example for other CIRDAP Member Countries to improve their economic development of the rural areas.

Hossein Mahdidoust, Chairman and CEO, SFIDA, congratulated the occasion of the 44th anniversary of CIRDAP, then added: “SFIDA is happy to share its experiences to CIRDAP Member countries under this MoU and I will also be happy if CIRDAP could arrange a field visit for the member countries or its professional to visit Iran and our activities”.

The objective of the MOU is “Collaboration for sharing the good experiences with/from CIRDAP Member Countries”.

The Parties in order to fulfill the objective of this MOU agree to cooperate mutually and carry out the joint relevant programmes to address the rural development specially sharing the good practices among the CMCs, organizing the field visits, conducting training programmes, participating in relevant events of each other in the case of fund availability.

Some high official of CIRDAP and board members of SFIDA also attended in online signing.


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Mohammad Ali Nikbakht emerged victoriously, about 80% of the votes on Tuesday, 20 June 2023 as the new Minister of Agriculture-Jahad for Iran.
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Mohammad Ali Nikbakht emerged victoriously on Tuesday, 20 June 2023 as the new Minister of Agriculture for Iran. After a severe debate on qualifications of Nikbakht, he could manage to secure his position with 198 votes, out of 248 voters, in his favor, gesturing a fresh period in the Ministry of Agriculture- Jahad under the Raisi government.

His appointment as new minster was followed an intense debate in Parliament over his credentials, illustrating the critical nature of the role and the high expectations for his tenure, at least next two coming years.

As an important pillar of the Iranian economy, the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad is of paramount position, hence the careful deliberation.

Nikbakht’s his selection was not undisputed, as endorsed by the 198 votes in his favor, juxtaposed with 40 against and 10 abstentions.

Mohammad Ali Nikbakht, a seasoned politician with a noteworthy track record, is now entrusted with a mandate to drive the agricultural sector’s strategic growth. The agricultural sector, with its prominent role in food security, economic development, and rural employment, is expecting Nikbakht to push it to new heights under his direction.

SFIDA welcomes him and is ready for full support his missions and plans.

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The public relations and international affairs unit of SFIDA and the fund for supporting the development of dairy products had a meeting with the Turkish company Muse Food Technology.
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The public relations and international affairs Division, SFIDA and the Dairy Products Development Support Fund had a meeting with the Turkish company, Muse Food Technology on Sunday 21 May 1402 to tighten the collaboration for food industries. The meeting was participated by Murat Durmaz CEO of the Turkish, Rezapour the company’s agent in Iran,  Amir Azemoon CEO of the Dairy Products Development Support Fund, M. Karimi advisor and Hossein Shahbaz in charge of public relations and international affairs of the SFIDA.

First, Hossein Shahbaz, in charge of public relations and international affairs presented on SFIDA and support funds for the agricultural sector, then the CEO of the Turkish company, Murat Durmaz, explained about the productions and capacities of Muse Food Technology company manufacturing the machinery for liquid food processing. Their products are specified liquid form of food, such as milk and its products, juices, etc., as well as purees, including tomato paste, etc. This company owns the ability to produce machinery from the beginning of the liquid food plants, i.e. receiving raw materials, material transfer lines, and the processing to the end, which is packaging. CEO of the Turkish company mentioned that he would also help the SFIDA for the agricultural sector from other Turkish companies and other countries in the procurement of other industrial machinery.

For more details on Muse Food Technology Company, brows the official website of the company in the following link:


Hossein Shahbaz, in charge of public relations and international affairs, welcome the proposal by CEO of the Turkish company, Murat Durmaz, for further collaboration on food and packing industries.

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In a joint meeting between SFIDA, Provincial governor office and the provincial funds of the third region of Iran in Tabriz, the Apple Supply Chain (ASC) in East Azerbaijan was formally inaugurated.
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In a joint meeting between SFIDA, Provincial governor office and the provincial funds of the third region of Iran in Tabriz hosted by provincial organization of the ministry of Agriculture- Jahad, the Apple Supply Chain (ASC) in East Azerbaijan was formally inaugurated. The purpose of implementing ASC was expressed by the CEO of East Azerbaijan Fund as a plan to managing the apple production chain from Farm to Fork (F2F) including producing, processing, packaging, storage, marketing targeting regional and international markets.

Gardeners and producers can benefit from this chain management because ASC will be effective increasing income, reducing unemployment risk and increasing apple production in the region.

The CEO of S.F.I.D.A, Hossein Mahdidoust announced the support of SFIDA for the establishment of an export terminal for the northwestern provinces of Iran.  The creation of county funds with small capital has practically made it difficult to support the activists in the field of agriculture and there is a need to reform the structure of these county funds. He emphasized: We should not allow the depreciation of the currency to affect the mission of this group in supporting the agricultural sector, and the only way to prevent this issue is to enter into trading activities.

Mahdidoust asked the provincial funds to use at least 30% of their capital for economic and trading activities in the agricultural sector, such as providing agricultural inputs, and to use the rest of the capital to grant facilities to shareholders.

Any country that invests in the field of agricultural products today will surely create a worry-free intellectual platform for sustainable development, the deputy coordinator of economic affairs of East Azerbaijan said.

The activities of institutions such as the Investment Development Support Fund in the agricultural sector, which provides advice, makes policies, and provides financing and support, is the main need of the agricultural sector, Mohammad Kalami added. He continued: Our agricultural sector suffers from both policymaking and marketing, and by moving from traditional subsistence farming and increasing investments in the agricultural sector, these challenges can be overcome through the efforts of the agricultural sector organizations.

Fund for supporting the development of investment in the agricultural sector is a platform for solving the existing challenges of this sector, Akbar Fathi, head of East Azerbaijan Agriculture- Jahad Organization, said. Fathi pointed to the activities of the SFIDA in the field of providing money to the organizations of the agricultural sector and supporting the investment of the agricultural sector and added: these activities have made the fund to support the development of the agricultural sector to create good among the activists of the agricultural sector.

There are many challenges in the agricultural sector and solutions should be considered to overcome these challenges, low investment in the agricultural sector compared to other economic sectors, including industry and services, is one of the main challenges, he stated. The main sector for employment and food security is agriculture but only 5% of investment is made in this sector.

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The International Conference on Biology of Medicinal Plants of Qom University will be held from 28th of February to 2nd of March 1401.
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