A first of a kind conference on food security took place on Tuesday September 29th, with the aim of connecting Israeli technology companies with African nations to solve issues of food security. Agriculture Ministers of five African nations: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), who presented the challenges and problems faced by their countries to Israeli technology companies.
The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Rt.Hon Mr. Tony Blair, opened the conference, stating: "Food security is a huge challenge, and it was a challenge before COVID, which has just deepened that challenge. This is a huge opportunity to use technology to help lives, to improve lives, to save lives, to improve the quality of agriculture in Africa, to help Africa fulfil its potential as a major source of food not just for Africans, but for the world... This is something that is transformative, groundbreaking and will change the world."
Represented Africa in the conference: Mr. Joseph Antoine Kasonga Mukuta - Minister of Agriculture, Democratic Republic of Congo; Mr. Jonathan Bialosuka Wata - Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, Democratic Republic of Congo; Prof. Hamadi Iddi Boga - Permanent Secretary of the State Department for CropDevelopment & Agricultural Research, Republic of Kenya; H.E Ato Sani Redi - Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ethiopia; H.E. Job D. Masima - Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania; Mr. Rene Awambeng, Global Head of Client Relations, African Export-Import Bank; Emmanuel Rwakagara Nzungize - Chairman of the Agricultural Organization CIPA RDC, Democratic Republic of Congo; Mr. Jabulani Mabuza - Minister for Agriculture, Eswatini; Mr. Mpoko Bokanga, Ph.D. - Agroindustry Specialist; Mr. Manuel Moses, Country Manager, East Africa, International Finance Corporation.
A total of ten leading Israeli companies presented solutions to the challenges raised by the African representative: Netafim - water supply with drip irrigation; ICL - innovative enhanced efficiency fertilizers; BioFishency - solar-powered aquaculture fisheries; NextFerm - food security through natural fermentation proteins; Milkey - increasing dairy production; AgroScout - autonomous disease monitoring for agriculture; LR Group - construction and development of agricultural projects; Ashra-The Israel Foreign Trade Risks Insurance Corporation - financial solutions; Berman - innovative water delivery solutions; AlefBet Planners - solutions for construction of dairy farms and planning of agricultural areas; Israel Discount Bank - financial cooperation.
IMPROVATE CEO Ronit Hasin Hochman stated that IMPROVATE will follow up by connecting government officials from African nations that participated in the conference with the 10 Israel technology companies that took part - with the aim of bringing technologies to these countries.
Israel Minister of Science & Technology, Yizhar Shai said: "innovation today leads the dialogue between nations and reinforces the importance of peace and dialogue between peoples.”
IMPROVATE founder & chair, Irina Nevzlin: "During periods of crisis, people tend to focus on the problem, on its causes, and on who is to blame. But the important thing is to understand the source of the problem, and we believe in the need for a platform that enables leaders and companies to focus on the solutions to problems. That is the role of IMPROVATE - to connect between governments and technological leaders, who wish to find practical solutions to problems in order to advance common goals that will improve the lives of many.”
IMPROVATE was launched in September and its vision is to make innovation and technology accessible to all. The company serves as a platform to make innovation companies accessible to the world . IMPROVATE operates out of London and Tel Aviv and serves as a platform to connect between leaders and decision makers on the one hand and companies and investors on the other, through international conferences, business delegations and deals between governments and companies.