Tag Archives: Africa

Partnering with Farmers for Success

Over the years we have become experts in large and small farming projects, cooperative irrigation schemes and regional development projects. We understand the unique constraints every farmer faces – soil and water quality, water accessibility and quality, energy challenges, and many more. Watch Arnon Rosenbaum, Head of our Global Project Unit, give an expert presentation of Netafim’s global activities at Agritech 2015. This presentation is the third in a series of three expert presentations that were given at Argritech 2015. … Full article click here >>

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Helping African Smallholders Fight Water and Food Scarcity

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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World Water Week in Stockholm

By Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer I have just returned from the World Water Week in Stockholm. Following last year’s excitement when Netafim was awarded the Stockholm Industry Water Award and I personally met the King and Queen of Sweden, I expected this year’s meeting to be an anti-climax and disappointing. Well, in a way it was – the royal couple did not greet me this time. However, as far as Netafim and drip irrigation is concerned, this year’s … Full article click here >>

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Moving and Shaking in Abuja

By: Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Abuja, Nigeria to attend the 2014 Grow Africa Investment Forum. This was an exciting opportunity to visit this colorful, diverse nation in the midst a challenging period in its development. However, the focus was on sustainable food production to meet the ever increasing needs of the African continent. Grow Africa, formed in 2011by the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Agency and the World Economic … Full article click here >>

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Greenhouse Solutions Take Agricultural Sustainability Several Steps Forward

By: Eng. Omry Eiger, Netafim’s Greenhouses Activity Sustainability is at the heart of Netafim’s activities. Throughout over 60 years of activity we have been constantly striving to educate the global market about the advantages of drip irrigation and how it enhances sustainability by producing more yield with less resources. But people are often unaware of the fact that greenhouses complement drip irrigation by taking the sustainability effects, mentioned above, several steps forward, increasing the yields even further with far less … Full article click here >>

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How Netafim can contribute to Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan

I felt very honored to receive an invitation to speak at the annual Unilever Israel Managers Conference held on January 13th, 2013 in Kibbutz Ga’ash, Israel. As one of the world’s largest consumer goods company, Unilever strives to introduce sustainability practices throughout their global supply chain, taking responsibility not only for their direct operations, but also for their suppliers’ and distributors’ operations, and how consumers use their products. In November 2010, they established the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, a ten … Full article click here >>

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German Minister Dirk Niebel Visits Netafim

We were honored to host Dirk Niebel, the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, at the Netafim plant in Kibbutz Hatzerim, soon after he landed in Israel. Netafim representatives present at the meeting included Igal Aisenberg, President and CEO of Netafim, Ervin Leibovici, VP for EMEA, Alon Shimoni, Managing Director of Netafim Germany, and me. Visit Begins at Drip Irrigated Jojoba Fields Minister Niebel and his entourage started their visit in our 400-hectare beautiful jojoba fields in Hatzerim, … Full article click here >>

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