DHAKA, April 3 (BSS) - A research project on jute handicrafts for improvement of livelihoods of women was inaugurated at Shimpur village of Comilla sadar upazila today.
The project on 'Rural Woman Artisans on Handicrafts (Jute and Others) for Improvement of Their Livelihoods' will be jointly implemented by the Center on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and International Jute Study Group (IJSG), said a CIRDAP press release.
Jute is regarded as the most accepted natural and environment friendly fibre and Bangladesh is one of the largest producers of jute fibre in the world.
The CIRDAP-IJSG action project on rural women artisan aims at increasing income and job opportunities for poor women in selected rural areas by improving productivity, diversification and production quality while establishing efficient marketing services and facilities.
Under the programme, 30 rural women beneficiaries will be trained on producing handicrafts from jute and other ingredients on a pilot basis.
The duration of the training course would be three weeks.
After completion of the training, the trainees would be monitored and provided with guidance on how to practically produce handicrafts with 'seed money and equipments' and be connected with markets of their products.