The Israel Agency for international Development Cooperation (MASHAV), will, in collaboration with the Dream Factory Foundation and the Botswana Ministry of Agriculture, conduct five weekly online sessions on High Value Vegetable Production from 2nd to 30rd May 2022.

MASHAV, which is Israel’s agency for International Development Cooperation, is dedicated to providing developing countries with the best of Israel’s experience in development and planning. According to a release, the online training, which will be run by a team of experts, will be conducted on Mondays from 10.00 to 12.00 noon (Israel time). Those wanting to be part of the training should apply before 23rd April at The training is intended to support Botswana’s agricultural sector in improving its food and nutritional security. It aims to introduce the participants to Israel’s acquired experience in the development of extensive and profitable vegetable production systems. This is according to the press release. ”It also intends to create a framework for online debate, enabling participants to share knowledge and analyse possible adaptation of new methods and technologies to their own local conditions,” further says the release which notes that, the main topics on the sessions, include the vegetable sector in Israel, different farming systems and applied technologies, post-harvest management, farm to market linkages, research and development as well as extension models. The statement notes that fresh vegetables are recognised for their critical role in food security and nutrition as well as in the livelihood and incomes of small-scale producers. The statement observes that, since vegetables are seasonally grown, meeting the year round demand for fresh, high quality and local produced vegetables is a challenge to almost every country in the world. “Israel’s vegetable sector stands out for its diversified production and intensive cultivation systems, adapted to the country’s different agro-climatic regions. It accounts for about 24% of the country’s total agricultural production, and ensures the supply of fresh produce covering most of the needs of the domestic market, supplies produce to industry and designated specific crops for export,’’ states the press statement which goes on to say that the main achievements of the agricultural sector in Israel include the continuous adaptation of new technologies and techniques, adaptation of new crops and varieties, introduction of integrated pest management programs, and the implementation of post-harvest treatments. The strict implementation of protocols and quality standards, notes the release, guarantees the presence of Israel’s fresh produce in an increasingly challenging international market. “As a member of the family of nations, the State of Israel, is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to contribute to the fight against poverty and to the global efforts to achieve sustainable development,” further explains the release. Through MASHAV, the country focuses its efforts on capacity building, sharing relevant experience accumulated through its own development experience to empower governments, communities and individuals to improve their own lives. “MASHAV’s approach is to ensure social, economic and environmental sustainable development, and is taking an active part in the international community’s process of shaping the post 2015 Agenda to define the new set of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” says the statement which further explains that, MASHAV focuses primarily on areas in which Israel has a competitive advantage, including agriculture and rural development; water resources management, entrepreneurship and innovation; community development, medicine and public health, empowerment of women and education. Professional programs are based on a ‘train the trainers’ approach to institutional and human capacity building and are conducted both in Israel and abroad. The statement also states that, project management is supported by the seconding of short and long-term experts as well as on-site interventions. “Since its establishment, MASHAV has promoted the centrality of human resource enrichment and institutional capacity building in the development process; an approach that has attained global consensus,” says the press statement.