What do Ohio and Israel share?
The Spirit of Land in Ohio and Israel
Ohio has a rich agricultural tradition and history. For over two hundred years, Ohio has depended on its farms to provide jobs, economic growth, access to an international market, and a foundation on which to build other industries. Ohio’s food and agriculture sectors employ one out of every six people in the state (16%) and generate over $70 billion annually. With a growing and competitive market, Ohio needs to utilize every agricultural resource that becomes available.
As with Ohio, agriculture remains one of Israel’s most important industries. Israel currently grows and produces 85% of its own food, and exports 65% of its agricultural output, more than offsetting the 15% it imports. Israel also exports many agricultural technologies and other agricultural inputs.
Israel has its own agricultural challenges. By 2010, Israel’s available freshwater supplies are anticipated to decline by over 50%, at the same time the population is projected to nearly double from 6 to 10 million. Sixty-five percent of the fresh water currently used for agriculture will not be available. Drip-irrigation and brackish water technologies are innovations that originated in Israel's Negev desert region to address future water and land problems. The development of crops that consume less water is vital to the country’s agricultural sector and to Israel’s future.
Israel and Ohio stand to prosper from the new technological access, international marketing and agribusiness development of the Initiative. The Negev Foundation is dedicated to produce agriculture partnerships to benefit both regions economically, and to advance the innovative, practical application of agriculture technologies.
The Agricultural Scientists of Ohio and Israel
Both Ohio and Israel are home to world-class academic and government agricultural research institutions. The Hebrew University and Ohio State University are already frequent partners in the Initiative projects.
A world leader in agricultural research and development, Ohio State University's School of Agriculture offers The Negev Foundation access to state of the art technology and acclaimed experts in the field of agriculture. Local and state agricultural departments are dispersed throughout the state and also assist Negev's international efforts. back to top