Tag Archives: Environmental Sustainability

Drip irrigation for rice – proving that rice roots are not lazy!

For over a decade Netafim has been leading the way in growing rice with drip irrigation and not in paddies. This is just one of the solutions presented by Dubi Raz, Netafim’s Corporate Agronomy Director in an Expert Lecture during Agritech 2015. See the challenges facing today’s farmers, along with some of the solutions Netafim is offering, in the field of water savings, modern mechanized solutions, and more. This is just one of three expert talks presented at Agritech 2015, … 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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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 >>

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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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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 >>

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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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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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