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Agriculture in Middle East

  • Will Saudi agricultural investments in Sudan leave Egypt high and dry?

    EGYPT, 2016/01/11 Riyadh has been encouraging Saudi investors to pump additional money into Sudan in conjunction with Sudan’s participation in the Saudi-led intervention against the Houthis in Yemen. From presently on internal reports prepared by Egypt’s Water Resources and Irrigation Ministry, along with the Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ministry, confirm that Sudan is by presently using its entire allotment of Nile water, according to a government official briefed on the issue who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity.
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    ISRAEL, 2015/12/20 Researchers at Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research say treated gray water is safe for irrigation and does not pose a risk for gastrointestinal illness or water-related diseases. The study, published in the online journal Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier), determined that there was no additional incidence of gastroenteritis or water-related diseases caused by use of treated gray water in gardens, even at the same time as compared to tap water and other irrigation water sources.
  • FLEG summer camp brings together young foresters from 6 countries

    AZERBAIJAN, 2015/08/30 A summer camp will bring together young foresters from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine in Azerbaijan from 2-9 August in the framework of the EU-funded forestry programme FLEG II. The major goal of the camp is to foster cooperation and joint initiatives part the young foresters through meetings, excursions, field trips and research, inclunding leisure-time, according to Euro East.
  • Saudi Star to restart rice project on disputed Anuak land in Ethiopia

    SAUDI ARABIA, 2015/07/02 Saudi Star to restart rice project on disputed Anuak land in Ethiopia. According to Cropwatch, Saudi Star Agricultural Development plans to pump $100 million into a rice export project in Gambella region of Ethiopia despite allegations of human rights violations surrounding the “villagization” program under which the land has been taken from indigenous Anuak pastoralists to lease to foreign investors. The company is owned by Mohamed al-Amoudi, who was born in Ethiopia to a Saudi father and an Ethiopian mother. Al-Amoudi made a fortune from construction contracts to build Saudi Arabia's national underground oil storage complex. Presently a billionaire a lot of times over, al-Amoudi has invested heavily in Ethiopia where he owns a gold mine and a majority stake in the national oil company.

  • India minister praises Israel’s ‘more crop per drop’ farm model

    INDIA, 2015/05/09 The business of government is politics, but there’s a time to put politics on the shelf, according to Davendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra in India. “Everybody has to eat,” Fadnavis told The Times of Israel in an exclusive interview. “Israel’s agricultural and water technology is helping to satisfy global hunger. Who could disagree with that?” India’s strategy in the past has been to keep Israel at arm’s length so as not to aggravate its relationship with the Arab world and its large Muslim minority. But that strategy goes out the window when it comes to engaging with Israel for its agricultural technology. Israel and India have extensive ag-tech ties, with government-level projects to improve growing techniques for a wide variety of crops, to dozens of business collaborations between private companies.
  • Israeli Government Supports Pepper Exporters from the Arava

    ISRAEL, 2015/04/26 The Israeli government has announced a new program to support Israeli pepper exporters, who have been hit hard by the financial conditions in Russia and Europe, its major markets. Peppers are Israel’s major export crops in the completed few years, and most of the pepper fields are located in Israel’s southern Arava region. In order to aid pepper growers, Israel’s Agriculture and Treasury ministries have come together to encourage farmers to spread out their crop growths additional evenly, and thus make them additional resilient to changing economic conditions.
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia Agree On Increasing Agricultural Investments

    EGYPT, 2015/04/25 Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed on increasing the Saudi investments in Egypt so as to remove the obstacles in front of activating the Arab investments particularly in the field of agriculture. It was as well agreed to form a technical committee to inspect the investment sites and prepare full studies about the soil, water and atmosphere around the year inclunding the uses of the new and renewable energies. These remarks came during discussion session held in Cairo between the Egyptian Agriculture Minister Salah Helal and his Saudi counterpart Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen al Fadhli and his accompanying delegation.
  • Netafim Signs $500 Million Financing Facility Agreement

    ISRAEL, 2015/04/08 Netafim, the world leader in irrigation, announced today that it has signed a 5-year, $500-million financing facility agreement. The facility is comprised of $150 million long-term loan and $350 million of revolving short term loans and lines of credit for working capital and project-related guarantees. The lending syndicate is led by Bank Hapoalim, and includes: HSBC, Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings, Union Bank of Israel, and Israel Discount Bank.
  • Africa: Unique Global Gathering Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Fighting Poverty and Hunger

    WORLD, 2015/02/13 Fifty representatives of indigenous peoples' organizations from all over the world gather tomorrow at the International Fund for Agriculture Improvment(IFAD) headquarters in Rome to discuss the importance of traditional knowledge in eradicating poverty and hunger and transforming rural communities. The participants in the forum represent additional than 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples who live in some 70 nations around the world, a lot of of them in rural areas. "Indigenous peoples are long-valued partners for IFAD," said Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of the United Nations (UN) agency specialized in rural development. "From the local biodiversity they have protected and enhanced over generations, to their incomparable knowledge about the ecosystems that they manage - indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge is a source of inspiration to everyone who works for sustainable rural transformation."
  • Georgia, Russia mull further agricultural, trade cooperation

    GEORGIA, 2015/01/20 The Georgian and Russian delegations discussed various opportunities for further cooperation in agro products and trade fields at the Green Week 2015 exhibition in Germany on January 19. Zaza Dolidze, Chief of Georgia’s National Food Agency, signed an agreement with Sergey Dankvert, Chief of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) under the Green Week 2015, which envisaged the export rules for the Georgian green products. The agreement said until the national system of laboratory expertise was established in Georgia, the Georgian and Russian sides should jointly implement preliminary procedures of the green products’ phytosanitary certification.