A high ranking delegation from Solidaridad Network, headed by the Executive Director of the organization, Nico Roozen, Managing Director of Solidaridad Network Asia, Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay and senior managers of the organization and representative of the International Finance Corporation arrived in Israel today.

The Objective of the visit is to generate cooperation with innovative Israeli startups dealing in Agritech, low cost water recycling techniques and acquaintance with the Israeli eco-system. Solidaridad seeks to integrate some of these technologies in its global projects.

 

A high ranking delegation from Solidaridad Network, headed by the Executive Director of the organization, Nico Roozen, Managing Director of Solidaridad Network Asia, Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay and senior managers of the organization and representative of the International Finance Corporation arrived in Israel today.

The Objective of the visit is to generate cooperation with innovative Israeli startups dealing in Agritech, low cost water recycling techniques and acquaintance with the Israeli eco-system. Solidaridad seeks to integrate some of these technologies in its global projects.

 

Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay, Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia shared: “In India the farmers would have to double their production by 2030 in order to meet the demands of increasingly well-off middle class population. However, in order to do that three major challenges have to be addressed. They are: reducing water availability for agriculture in the country, b) rapid soil degradation, c) lack of modern agricultural technologies that is tailor made for smallholders. Israel has demonstrated different solutions to avoid water calamities. Even with sixty percent of its country made of the desert, Israel has not only solved its water problem; it also has an abundance of water. Israel have built such technologies which could be helpful for India. Solidaridad seeks to facilitate adoption of these technologies in India. If such technologies are found to be successful both technically and financially in a low cost setting of Indian smallholders, they could be scaled up across Asia and Africa where Solidaridad operates”.  

 

Dr. Tzakhi Freedman, Country Manager, Solidaridad notes that beyond the cooperation in India the intent is that following the visit a channel will open for integration of Israeli technologies in Solidaridad’s global projects, supported by the impact investors with whom the organization collaborates. Solidaridad is interested in cooperation with Israeli impact investors, including Impact First Fund investors who work to generate global social influence. In the course of the visit a round table meeting will take place with impact investors operating in Israel to examine the possibility of cooperation with Solidaridad Network. Ms. Cecile Blilious, Impact First Fund manager, will coordinate the meeting.

 

During the visit, an agreement is due to be signed with Tevatronic Co. whose products will be integrated in sugar cane and organic cotton projects (mainly in the state of Maharashtra). The objective is to limit the use of water and attain significant increase in yield. Another agreement is due with Tal Ya Agricultural Solutions Co. that developed a unique and durable tray that protects seedlings, decreases the need for irrigation, fertilizer, weeding and pesticide and significantly increases yield. In the first stage, the product will be integrated into Solidaridad projects in the tea plantations of Assam and Darjeeling in Eastern India. Furthermore, cooperation is explored with Terra Verde Agriculture Co. that may provide Solidaridad consultation for increasing quality and yield in a large-scale organic cotton growing project. Additionally, Solidaridad will cooperate with Startup Nation Central Association whose mission is to promote the Israeli high-tech industry.

 

Solidaridad Network is an international solution-oriented civil society organization. Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce and consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Solidaridad’s mission is to bring together supply chain actors and engage them in innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all. The Network aspires to transform production practices in such a way that it provides fair and profitable livelihoods and business opportunities, guarantees decent working conditions and a living wage, and does not deplete landscapes where people thrive. Solidaridad’s Ambition 2020 strategy focuses on bringing innovative solutions, models, tools and policies for more sustainable production to scale and speed. Solidaridad Network is now looking to expand its presence in Israel.

 

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Photo Solidaridad delegation today in Tel Aviv. Courtesy: Solidaridad Network.