Participants in MASHAV-FAO course during a field trip

Israel is teaching professionals to use advanced agricultural knowledge and techniques capable of overcoming harsh conditions and climates. 

Professionals from 14 programs providing agricultural services in African countries took part in a tailor-made course in Israel organized by MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, in partnership with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The course on Sustainable Livestock Feed Development and Breeding Techniques in Resource Constrained Situations in Africa is being held at MASHAV’s Agricultural Training Center in Kibbutz Shefayim, on Israel’s coast, in cooperation with Israel’s Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO).

The training addresses key issues including improved herd management and breeding techniques in constrained situations and challenging environments, such as the ones that exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Middle East.

The aim of the training is to impart Israeli knowledge and experience in developing the livestock sector, especially in relation to feed and water management, to enable FAO field agents to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable pastoral and agro-pastoral communities to manage their feed resources and range for their livestock in drought situations.

Israel regularly lends its know-how and aid to countries in need around the globe, and specifically African countries.

Israel has helped Africa technologically in a number of sectors, particularly in agriculture, by introducing techniques such as drip irrigation, which is especially useful in arid climates.

Last July, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a historic trip to East Africa, where he visited Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Weeks later, the Republic of Guinea, a Muslim-majority African nation, restored diplomatic ties with Israel after a 49-year break.

By: United with Israel Staff

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Source: United with Israel