Category Archives: Sustainability

Water Perspectives from my Friends in America – Part Two

By Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim Continuing where I left off in my last post, reminiscing about the good old days, the 80s in California, and the new challenges and opportunities for water management in California today. I was happy to visit the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, chaired by Assembly member Marc Levine, in Sacramento. Marc is a keen promoter of environmental stewardship in the region. I asked him a few questions: What is the top challenge you believe … Full article click here >>

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Water Perspectives from my Friends in America – Part One

By Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim I spent the summer of 2017 in California with my friends at Netafim USA. Returning to America was very meaningful for me, bringing back the wonderful memories of when I first landed in Los Angeles 36 years ago to help create NII – Netafim Irrigation Inc., our first subsidiary outside of Israel. I could write much about the differences I found today in almost every aspect of life, not least the congestion on … Full article click here >>

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Hunger Is Not a Destiny – New aid models and Israeli technology can help feed the world

By Elad Levi, Netafim’s Managing Director, Head of Africa It doesn’t make for sensational headlines, but one problem that impacts hundreds of millions of people, particularly in Africa, has accompanied us through the ages – poverty and hunger. The good news is that a solution is within our reach. Let’s look at the facts. Some 75 percent of the world’s poorest countries are in Africa, with nearly 415 million people living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 50 percent … Full article click here >>

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World Water Week every Week

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). As the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate (2013), signaling our contribution to addressing water scarcity and sustainable development with more than 10 million hectares of irrigated farmland, we remain committed to advancing knowledge, tools and systems to address the world’s water and climate challenges. Although every week at Netafim is a kind of Water Week, we support the efforts of … Full article click here >>

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Climate-right vegetables in Papua New Guinea

The thing about salad vegetables, and other crops, is that they respond very differently in different climatic conditions. In a tropical climate, such as that of Papua New Guinea in the South-Western Pacific with its incredible cultural and biological diversity, it’s just not so easy to grow salad vegetables on the 2.6% of arable land in this island nation. And some people, unfortunately, learn the hard way. So it was with our customer earlier this year. Having established a new … Full article click here >>

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Better in Brazil: Coffee and Cocoa

“Following our discussions in Brazil, we understood even more clearly than before, that whatever the challenges, the same technology can be applied to help growers deliver higher yields of better quality cocoa and coffee. Nutrigation™ works for coffee and cocoa, wherever you grow.” So commented Natan Barak, Netafim’s Head of Commercial, Americas Division, following a resoundingly successful first-ever 2017 (ICCS) International Coffee & Cocoa Seminar hosted by Netafim. ICCS was held over three days in March 2017 in Brazil’s Mina … Full article click here >>

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Drip for Medlar in China

One of the fascinating things about our work is the variety of applications and conditions in which we are challenged to deliver the most innovative drip irrigation solutions. Recently, we were selected to complete the first phase of a fascinating project in China for our customer, The Baofeng Group, the largest private enterprise in Ningxia Autonomous Region in northwest China. We spent more than 4 months installing the first stage for a drip irrigation solution for the Ningxia Baofeng Ecological … Full article click here >>

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Talking the walk with Naty Barak

At Netafim, we get things done. We are practical and action-oriented, always looking for new ways of doing more better and helping farmers grow more with less. Our history of more than 50 years is a testimony to our intensive activity to improve drip irrigation solutions and support farmers around the world with climate right systems that make a strong contribution to global food security and sustainable development. You will always find Netafim walking the talk. However, it’s not enough … Full article click here >>

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Thank you for 2016 – looking forward to 2017!

Dear friends and colleagues, As we head into a promising and hopeful 2017, we would like to wish you all a wonderful year ahead, with good health, happiness and prosperity for you, your families and your communities. In 2016, we celebrated many successes advancing drip irrigation and its contribution to sustainable development. Naty Barak, our Chief Sustainability Officer, who plays an active role in an ISO committee to develop new standards for the reuse of wastewater, was interviewed for a … Full article click here >>

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Rice is nice. Nicer with drip.

It’s not surprising that we are so interested in rice. A major food staple in many parts of the world, rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans (Wikipedia). Around 160 million hectares of rice are cultivated each year around the world – that’s about 50 times the size of Belgium! So, it’s not surprising that we would want to focus our energies … Full article click here >>

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