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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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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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Figaro! Figaro! but not as Mozart intended!

Netafim is the forefront of developing a precision-irrigation platform that allows growers and the wider community to benefit from cutting-edge developments in irrigation technology. The FIGARO project is coordinated by Netafim and comprises 17 organizations from eight different countries, including a number of academic and commercial leaders in the field of irrigation and is co-funded by the European Union. The project, which is due to conclude in September this year with its closing event in Israel, has provided magnificent results … Full article click here >>

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Major Gathering in LA

At the beginning of May, the Milken Institute, which is a not- for -profit think tank, determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health, held its conference in Los Angeles, California. Covering areas as wide ranging as: Aging; Education; Industry; Media and Developing Markets, and bringing together leaders from Industry, Government, NGO’s and Philanthropy, the conference is held over four very intensive, inspiring, dynamic days. At this year’s conference, … Full article click here >>

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Wastewater is not waste. It’s water: Advancing the SDGs

At Netafim, we are expert in smart irrigation solutions that over many years have saved trillions of liters of water for farmers around the world. Of course, “trillions of liters” is not a precise or scientific count. But if you think that around 100,000 cubic kilometers of water are used for irrigation each year (that’s about 600 times the volume of Lake Tahoe in California), and typically drip irrigation will save between 30 and 60% of water versus other irrigation … Full article click here >>

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Boosting the smallholder economy: Advancing the SDGs

At Netafim, many of our efforts to drive mass adoption of drip irrigation include making drip accessible to smallholder farmers. Over the years, as awareness has grown, farmers have overcome their suspicion of new technologies and now understand the benefits of using more advanced systems. However, in many cases, even a very small initial investment is more than smallholder farmers, often living below the poverty line, can afford. Netafim has developed special solutions, such as the Family Drip System™, to … Full article click here >>

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Leveraging the power of partnerships: Advancing the SDGs

Partnerships to Netafim is like irrigation to corn, cotton and sugarcane. We can’t imagine it any other way. Netafim’s entire history is based on partnerships. From our very beginnings, we have engaged with government and academia, partnered with two Kibbutz companies in Israel and collaborated with other private sector companies all over the world. We have always known that “it takes a village”. One of the most essential partnerships we maintain is with hundreds of dealers who spread the drip … 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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