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At the root of the finest coffee is drip

Every time you see someone enjoying a great cup of coffee, just think that a dedicated farmer overcame significant challenges to grow the beans that provide such distinctive flavor and quality. For centuries, coffee growers have struggled with the high sensitivity of coffee cultivation in time of water scarcity or, on the other hand, the problems of water logging and nutrient leaching in wet seasons. Farmers must contend with a shallow active root system of most coffee plants which makes … 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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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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