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Bringing About Change for Women Smallholders

By Rachel Shaul, Head Of Corporate Marketing & External Affairs at Netafim The theme of Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” is close to Netafim’s heart. One related event in which I had the privilege of participating was last week’s Women’s Forum Italy in Milan. The Women’s Forum Italy is an initiative of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and Valore D, an association of Italian companies supporting women’s leadership in the corporate world. The forum is … 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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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 >>

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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 >>

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California-Israel Project To Develop Future-Forward Solutions To Benefit Nations Throughout The World

By Naty Barak- Netafim Chief Sustainability Officer In San Diego, California recently a group of educators, business people, politicians and philanthropic leaders came together to discuss ‘Global Challenges to Economic Growth Through Innovation’ with the student body at the Rady School at UCSD. The California-Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability brings people together to learn from one another. Business, civic, and academic communities in global innovation and business development come together, continually broadening understanding of the forces that shape … 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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Drippers and the Cup of Joe – a Love Story

By Ami Charitan, Prennial Crops – Chief Agronomist at Netafim Agriculture Department Once roasted, all coffee beans look pretty much the same. But did you know that there are literally dozens of varieties of coffee beans? When it comes to your daily cup of coffee however there are only 2 varieties, Arabica and Robusta. They are the two primary types of coffee cultivated for drinking. What’s the difference between the two? The two varieties differ in price, growing conditions and … Full article click here >>

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