This year has seen Strathmore University Business School (SBS) hold its 3rd Annual Agribusiness Investors Summit with the theme, ‘Post-Harvest Management and Its Impact on Food Security and Nutrition’. In giving his opening remarks, Mr. Eyal David, Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, was keen to mention that Israel is known for ‘making the desert bloom’. This is as a direct result of all its agricultural efforts. He was present to represent the ideologies that Kenyans could learn from Israel and considering this, ‘make Kenya bloom’ in the long run.
Deputy Ambassador Eyal spoke of the ‘MASHAV’ programme, developed with the aim of sharing the know-how and technologies which provide the basis for Israel’s rapid development with the rest of the developing world. MASHAV, the Hebrew acronym for Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, was established as a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has begun operations in Kenya. What started as a modest program focused on grassroots-level human capacity building at a time when Israel was a developing country, has blossomed into an extensive program of cooperation throughout the developing world with the aim of ensuring social, economic and environmentally sustainable development.
Since its establishment, MASHAV has trained close to 270,000 course participants from approximately 132 countries in Israel and abroad and has developed dozens of demonstration projects worldwide. MASHAV has consistently made its priority the goal of poverty alleviation, provision of food security, empowerment of women and upgrade of basic health and education services.
Listen to Deputy Ambassador Eyal David’s remarks below