This course was offered in partnership with UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Addressing inclusive and sustainable development as well as increasing attention to economic and social development strategies within rural areas, are globally recognized as critical aspects in achieving overall prosperity.
The agricultural sector and food production have been among the main pillars of the Israeli economy since Israel's declaration of independence, with the investment of substantial funds for continuous research and development. Israel’s success branches from the resolve and creativity of farmers and scientists that have dedicated their lives to develop agriculture in a mostly desert country, demonstrating that the real value of the land lies on how it is used. However, over the last few years, the number of active farmers in Israel has been drastically reduced.
There is a continuous exit of small farmers from business, due to the limitation of land and water and an ever increasing trend away from farming to other professions. Today's farmers need to adapt to this challenge by making the required transition from being simple producers to becoming managers of an agricultural enterprise, armed with the latest technologies and know-how, as well as an understanding of the market.
Agricultural diversification, coupled with intensive Research and Development and effective up-to-date extension services for rural farms, will prevent the transformation of additional farming lands for non- agricultural use and keep farmers and rural professions in business. As technology and intensive agricultural methods change the conditions of agricultural production, farmers need to explore other alternatives in order to remain in the rural areas.
Taking into account current trends, Israel is ready to share its rich experience in agribusiness for long term sustainability.
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