(JNS.org) In the latest sign of growing ties between Israel and Africa, a delegation of more than a dozen African officials gathered Monday in Jerusalem as part of a three-day agricultural summit.
The summit—“Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Productivity in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions”—is sponsored by MASHAV, Israel’s international development agency, and is being attended by seven agricultural ministers as well as other high-level officials from the 15-nation Economic Community of Western African States.
“During the conference, the ministers and delegates will learn about agricultural technology produced in Israel, with an emphasis on dealing with arid climatic conditions, a topic which African agriculture ministers are particularly interested in due to a similar climate prevailing in their countries,” said Jonathan Blum, a spokesperson for Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, the Times of Israel reported.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the conference, which is being held amid growing Israeli-African relations, constitutes a “fertile ground for the further development of relations both on political and economic levels.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made improving relations with African nations a priority. Netanyahu visited four countries in East Africa last summer and has announced plans to visit West Africa sometime next year.