(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL-JNF shares its knowledge and experience all over the world, and is committed to addressing key global issues through mutual networking, knowledge sharing and spreading environmental advances beyond Israel's borders. In this spirit, KKL-JNF South Africa and KKL-JNF in Israel are helping to create a center for agricultural education in South Africa. A delegation from of the FTFA Feed Africa Program is visiting in Israel to learn about developing sustainable agriculture with KKL-JNF and the Arava R&D.
"I'm very impressed by the determination and persistence of the Arava farmers, we need passion like this in Africa. What we have been shown by the KKL-JNF people over the last two days proves that it can be done." Quentin Naido, head of the South African Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) "Feed Africa" program, was at the Central and Northern Arava Research and Development Station, where he was visiting on Wednesday, May 8, with two of his colleagues, Anold Derembwe and Lucky Xaba. KKL-JNF had invited the three Africans to learn about innovative agricultural technologies following a visit to South Africa by Mickey Kaplan, who represents KKL-JNF at Israel's R&D stations, and Yossi Schneider, KKL-JNF Projects Development director.
Anold Derembwe, FEED Africa program manager, said that he was very impressed by the technology and expertise that he had seen. "If I were an Israeli decision-maker, I don't think it would occur to me to invest in agriculture in an area like the Arava desert. What you have done here is overwhelming, and to achieve it, everyone has to put their hands on deck. It couldn’t be achieved individually. It takes a collective effort to go the extra mile."
Lucky Xaba, a senior project officer, said; "I'm involved with trees, food security and agro-forestry. I feel very empowered by the holistic cooperation between different partners that I've seen here. It has reinforced my belief that when implementing, you need to begin with the end in mind."
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