Monday, November 8, 2010

(AGRI) Israeli Know-How Helping To Combat Hunger In Africa

"Israel has been a leader in developing innovative drip-irrigation systems that reduce the amount of water needed for farming.

Most of Israel is arid, with the Negev Desert spanning 60 percent of the country. Desertification, water scarcity and soil erosion makes it increasingly difficult to farm, endangering the livelihoods of those who depend on agriculture for both food and income.

But Israel is not alone in facing these challenges – dry lands cover 47% of the Earth’s surface. With 60% of the world’s food insecure people living in dry areas, desertification and poverty go hand in hand, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa."

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