BARAMATI, India, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Its aim: to highlight the
significant potential of rural entrepreneurship and promote sustainable
development of rural areas
Today, 47% of the world's population still live in rural areas but rural
exodus has become an important international issue. In 2007, for the
first time in the history of mankind, urban populations exceeded those
of rural areas, posing serious challenges of which we are all aware.
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One way to temper this trend is through the spread of rural
entrepreneurship, which is key to sustaining livelihoods in rural
areas. By exploring and sharing knowledge on the best entrepreneurial
practices and solutions, the Rural World Entrepreneurship Forum seeks
to nurture rural innovations with a clear focus on empowering rural
Organized jointly by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and the
Environmental Forum of India (EFOI), the 1st Rural World Entrepreneurship Forum was inaugurated by India's Minister
for Agriculture, Hon. Sharadchandraji Pawar, in front of 3,500 people.
The initiator of the Forum, Mrs. Sunetra Pawar, Founder and President of
EFOI, presented it as "a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their
ideas, vision and how they will impact the rural entrepreneurial
The two day in-depth discussion highlighted innovative initiatives
likely to create jobs and develop self-reliant rural communities.
Among the companies presented:
Gadhia Solar Energy Systems: solar oven
ARTI: conversion of agricultural waste into charcoal
MittiCool: earthenware kitchen devices
IKP Center for Advancement in Agricultural Practice and National
Institute of Agricultural Marketing
Founded in 2008 by EM LYON Business School and KPMG France, later joined by Singaporean institutions Action Community for Entrepreneurship and Nanyang Technological University, Grand Lyon, the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Zhejiang University in China.
Its mission statement is to solve the world's problems through
entrepreneurs as creators of wealth and social justice. Since 2008, 600
participants from 75 countries have met to tackle today's most pressing
issues with entrepreneurial solutions.
For more information: http://www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com
Environmental Forum of India (EFOI), based in Baramati, is one of the
pioneering environmental NGOs in India working in the field of
Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. Since 2010, EFOI
has been at the forefront of the country's environmental movement,
providing a unique platform for discussions and ideas.
For more information: http://www.evfindia.org
SOURCE: EM Lyon
For further information:
Media Contact: Stéphanie Kergall
Deputy Director - World Entrepreneurship Forum