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Empowering women farmers in Antalya

Habibe Akıncı is learning eco-friendly agricultural techniques through an MDG-F-funded programme to reduce youth unemployment and bring more women into Turkey’s labor force.

Transforming Turkish Textiles

Aiming to transform the Turkish textile sector into a competitive industry, a new UN Joint Programme will enhance the international competitiveness of SMEs in the textile and clothing sector of Turkey. Launched in early November, “Harnessing Sustainable Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises in Turkey’s Textile Sector” will concentrate specifically on SMEs located in poor and vulnerable regions such as Gaziantep, Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman, and Malatya, the programme and integrate them into the global and domestic value chains, providing job for millions residing in these regions.

Kars Locals Visit Spain

Following a study tour to Spain organized by a UN Programme not only is Nuran Özyılmaz, a small restaurant owner in the remote city of Kars

"I am one of the first businesswomen in Kars!"

When Nuran Öyılmaz started her first business more than 20 years ago, she had to sell part of her dowry to get off the ground. Today, this woman entrepreneur is using MDG-F-provided skills to revitalize her eastern Turkish city of Kars.

MDG-F helping to preserve Turkish minstrel tradition

The art of minstrelsy is deeply rooted in Turkish cultural life. The MDG-F is helping to safeguard the tradition as a way to boost tourism and economic growth in Turkey’s least developed region.

There's a village out there

As the famous Turkish folk song goes, “there’s a village out there that is ours, even though we’ve never been there yet...” There are several communities surrounding the very eastern province of Kars that many of even Turkish people haven’t visited yet, but they hold a considerable potential to develop the tourism sector in the entire Kars region.