Africa, Israel Exploring Joint Agriculture Innovation Center

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Amir Mizroch, Start-Up Nation Central Contributor Group

Agriculture is a field that impacts all people, so it seems that working together to address agriculturally related issues would happen more frequently. Leading scientists from several African Countries and Israel are setting a new standard for collaboration and have partnered to work to create the Israel-African Agriculture Innovation Center. Learn more about this exciting collaboration in the excerpt below from Forbes.

A team of leading scientists from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as senior representatives of the Syngenta Foundation -- under the auspices of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and in collaboration with the Volcani Center–last week visited Israel to explore the possibility of establishing an Israel-Africa Agriculture Innovation Center.

While there are no further details at this stage as the talks were exploratory, the organizations have laid out the goals for the proposed center:

  1. Determine what Israeli technologies would be most appropriate to Africa’s diverse and unique agro-ecological conditions,
  2. Figure out the best way to transfer these technologies,
  3. To develop new solutions designed for Africa's smallholders, together with African partners.

Africa’s increased production, adoption, and continent-wide distribution of agricultural technologies -- like improved and high yielding seed varieties, irrigation and appropriate fertilizer application –has created progress in entire economies and in the lives of millions of people.

Read more here.