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Agro Eco Tourism in Central West Asia (CWA)

Nowadays, the development of information and communication technology (ICT) in general, and e-business in particular, made tourism as one of the most dynamic devices in the country’s economic development and it has become the highest foreign currency earner compared with other industrial sectors. Likewise, Agro-Eco-Tourism, a merger of ecotourism and agrotourism, is increasingly gaining importance as a viable economic development activity in many countries. It aims to protect the environment while contributing to socio-economic development through the tourism industry, thereby striving for local sustainability. It will be one of foremost drivers of cultural change, providing a personal experience, not only of which have survived from the past, but of the contemporary life and society of others in Central-West Asia. As we know, food security is a primary issue in the world. Since national solutions of countries today has become insufficient, regional and even global solutions should be found for overcoming security challenges. Therefore, regional cooperation and solidarity in these areas have become crucial more than before. Fortunately, the idea of establishing a Central and West Asian Rice Center (CWARice) with a unique geo-strategic location is of great importance in terms of developing new technologies to rice industry in Central-West Asia, where rice demand is projected to increase by %33 and %84 in 2020 & 2035, respectively. CWARice with collaboration of its member countries including I.R. Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iraq and Turkmenistan which are also members of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has tried to play an effective role in improving rice R&D in line with sustainable development in CWA region.

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