Helping African Smallholders Fight Water and Food Scarcity

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By Danny Ariel, Project Manager Sugarcane & Small holders at Netafim Water availability has always been a major challenge for African smallholders. So it should have come as no surprise that one of the seminars at Expo Milano 2015 focused on “Water & Agriculture in Africa: grow more with less.” I had the privilege of speaking at the seminar, which was held last week, on the subject “Family Drip Systems: From subsistence to commercial farming.” Over 70 people from academia … Full article click here >>

The Importance of Partnerships

The third video in the series taped at the Partnering for Innovation program I participated in discusses technology and the transfer of ‘know how’. We don’t design cheap products for the poorer smallholders in Africa. The technology is exactly the same for them and for the multi million dollar projects in Texas. The ‘know how’ is the same. The challenge is finding a platform to transfer it. Working with 200 smallholders is complex and requires working together in partnerships for … Full article click here >>

Challenges of working with smallholders

This is the second video in a series taped at Fintrac in Washington DC during a discussion about our partnership at the Partnering for Innovation program I participated in. In this video there was an opportunity for the team to learn more about Netafim and our work with smallholders as well as financing. The biggest challenge is financing. Organizing the farmers into a critical mass is another one, as well as training, which is not for just a week or two, … Full article click here >>

Land, Water and Smallholders

We have a strategic interdisciplinary group at Netafim talking about smallholders. This is the future. As a business, we cannot ignore 500 million smallholder farmers. The only place where there is large reserves of arable land and water is Africa. Still there is a difference between economical water scarcity and physical water scarcity. They have the water but they cannot bring it to the field. Our focus is then on Africa and on smallholders. But, we cannot do it alone … Full article click here >>

ISO committee advances water recycling for agriculture and other purposes

I recently returned from beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where I participated in several working groups belonging to the International Standard Organization’s Technical Committee for Water Re-use (ISO/TC 282), which I chair. The committee aims to create standards for water reuse in agricultural, industrial and municipal settings. With limited new water sources worldwide, water reuse offers great potential in the pursuit of effective global water conservation. On the economic level, it relieves potable water demand, ensures a reliable water supply, and is … Full article click here >>

Increases of up to 40% in corn yield in India show the value of correct design, planning and management of drip systems

By Dr. V. Praveen Rao, (Director, Water Technology Centre) A growing world population, climate change, declining ground water and the requirement for more food production in several parts of India is pressing irrigators to look for more efficient methods of irrigation than the traditional surface methods of furrow irrigation. Drip irrigation can be a viable alternative when water is limited or when irrigation capacity is insufficient for traditional methods. Some research studies have revealed that drip irrigation can reduce irrigation … Full article click here >>

Future agriculture or the future in agriculture?

By Dubi Raz, Agronomy Director, Netafim The world’s population will reach 8 billion by 2025 and 9 billion by 2050, according to various forecasts. That may seem quite far off from now, but these numbers have many implications. The gravest warnings indicate that if the current trend of rising food demand continues, the world population’s massive growth will lead to a global food crisis. The food crisis is an issue for many, and several companies are taking significant steps to … Full article click here >>

Spreading the word – Low flow is the future in Spain

By Mordi Schwartz, Area manager Spain / Portugal Low flow drip irrigation is the name of the game, and the news is now spreading all over Spain, which is a vast producer of a wide variety of vegetables, in some 100,000 Hectares. There is a need to feed close to 80 million mouths in Spain within the 42 million strong population and the huge tourism industry. The use of heavy and thin wall drip lines using Netafim DripNet drippers, with … Full article click here >>

Small holder, small investment but BIG RESULTS!

By Danny Ariel, Project Manager Sugarcane & Small holders at Netafim Here’s a BIG fact: The majority of the 1.4 billion people living on under US$1.25 a day live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, while an estimated 2.5 billion people are involved smallholder agriculture in one way or another. Together they manage approximately 500 million small farms and provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in large parts of the developing world, thus contributing to … Full article click here >>

Growing Sun Star flowers in a unique greenhouse project

By Eran Alon, Product manager – Dosing & Water systems Netafim has recently joined forces in a unique greenhouse project for growing orange Ornithogalum dubium, also know as Sun Star, flower bulbs. This perennial which is part of the lily family grows to about a foot high with around 20 small cup shaped flowers in a variety of colours, and is native to South Africa, although now very popular the world over. The project is being carried out in an … Full article click here >>