200 Malawians left for Israel, where they will undergo a year’s training in agriculture.
The program was launched in 2014 aimed at supporting Malawi in different fields of education, technology, agriculture, engineering, business, among others. During the launch, 20 Malawians were flown to Israel and later in 2016, 40 Malawians went to Israel to participate in the same program.
About 600 candidates had undergone interviews to be considered for the training out of which 200 came out successful.
While Israel is not a natural nor seemingly sensible place for agriculture – two thirds of the land is semi-arid or arid and much of the soil is of poor quality – the opposite is true across most of Africa. Yet despite these challenges, Israel has not only managed to create a remarkable agricultural transformation, ensuring national food security and establishing thriving export industries, but has emerged as a global leader in agriculture and water management. On the other hand, many countries in Africa still record among the lowest farm productivity in the world and with extreme poverty increasingly concentrated in Africa, this is becoming an ever-greater and pressing global challenge.