Jan. 31, 2018
The Jewish festival of Tu B’Shvat (New Year for Trees) inspired me to look back over the year at the agricultural and environmental benefits Israel and Israeli companies have provided internationally. But I was only motivated to write this blog when I heard that my cousins in Cape Town, South Africa have been ordered to ration their water usage and from April will have their water cut off. Why? Because South Africa has refused Israel’s offers to help solve their water management problems. As the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink.”
Down the road from South Africa, Israeli experts in drip irrigation and crop management trained nineteen educators in Swaziland, which was almost crippled by drought last year. In the same continent, but at the other end of the scale, Israeli NGO “Innovation: Africa” has been providing clean water and aid to millions of Africans, including tens of thousands of refugees living in the war-torn Central African Republic. The NGO also saved the whole village of Akuyam in Karamoja, Uganda where many hadn’t eaten for three days.