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Irrigation, economic growth and decent work: Advancing the SDGs

The recently published UNDP Human Development Report for 2015 identifies “sustainable work, which promotes human development while reducing and eliminating negative side effects and unintended consequences, as a major building block of sustainable development.” This is what UN SDG Number 8 is all about: economic growth underpinned by the availability of meaningful work in a positive labor environment. That brings us back to drip irrigation solutions. Irrigation is not just a way to grow crops more efficiently. It’s the basis for … Full article click here >>

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WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION

On this June 17th, we join with the UN in raising awareness and support for continuing efforts around the world to combat desertification, one of the emerging social and environmental issues that critically threatens our sustainable prosperity. This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification advocates for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land and contribute towards achieving the overall Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal 15, Life on Land. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification was … Full article click here >>

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Combating climate change – Advancing the SDGs

One of the lesser known effects of climate change is the reduction in agricultural productivity – for each 1 degree of temperature increase, grain yields decline by about 5%. The UN states that maize, wheat and other major crops experienced significant yield reductions of 40 megatonnes per year globally between 1981 and 2002 due to a warmer climate. While this is only one example of the way climate change is creating immense challenges for our sustainable life on this planet, … Full article click here >>

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Empowering women and girls: Advancing the SDGs

Agriculture is often regarded as a male-dominated occupation – mostly, when we use the word “farmer”, we think of men. However, most people don’t realize that the role of women in agriculture is no less significant. In fact, women comprise an average 43% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries and almost 50% in parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (FAO, 2012). The use of drip irrigation helps transform the role that women play in society by enabling women … Full article click here >>

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Zero hunger by 2030: Advancing the SDGs

Our second post in our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series places Goal 2 in the spotlight. Of all the 17 goals, this is one of the most relevant to our work at Netafim. Goal 2 is a call to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. It is supported by 5 specific targets that include ensuring infants receive nutritious food, ending malnutrition, advancing resilient agricultural practices, maintaining genetic diversity of cultivated plants and by 2030, … Full article click here >>

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Meeting our commitments to the United Nations

As a leading company in sustainable agriculture and water technology at a global level, the role we play in society is far greater than the sum of the products we sell. With our technology we are able to transform lives, conserve planetary resources and contribute to economic growth, all at the same time. Our commitment to supporting the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) LEAD initiative and CEO Water Mandate are unfaltering and we continue to invest in collaboration with many … Full article click here >>

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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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