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Israel’s JNF and Chad join forces to combat climate crisis and desertification » J-Wire

Israel’s JNF and Chad join forces to combat climate crisis and desertification » J-Wire

February 18, 2022 by Aryeh Svir – TPS

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Israel’s Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Republic of Chad in Central Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cooperation and the sharing of knowledge between them in the areas of water resource management, sustainable agriculture, forestry and the combat of desertification.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between JNF & Chad. (Rafi Ben Hukun/JNF)

The Chad delegation, led by Chad’s Economy Minister Idriss Saleh Bachar, met in Jerusalem on Wednesday with JNF Chairman Avraham Duvdevani and the professional team.

Chad faces many ecological and agricultural problems as a result of the global warming and desertification. The African country will be able to adapt to the effects and deal with them through the emerging cooperation.

As part of the JNF’s fight against the climate crisis, the organization intends to share with Chad solutions for water resource management, sustainable farming techniques, forestation methods, professional training, species development of local seeds and more.

After a decade of cooperation and good relations, the Muslim-majority Chad cut diplomatic links with Jerusalem in 1972. Israel and Chad renewed their diplomatic ties in November 2018, 46 years after they were cut off, as Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, the first Chadian president in history to make the visit.

“The Memorandum of Understanding will help strengthen relations with this country, which is one of the leaders in the African Union,” the JNF stated.

JNF Chairman Duvdevani stated that “one of the outstanding goals of the Jewish National Fund is to help and contribute to the world for a better future. Therefore, whoever asks us for help we will always reach out to help him and offer him all the vast knowledge and experience available to us.”

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“I congratulate the entire delegation from the Republic of Chad on their arrival in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, and look forward to the start of work between the JNF and the Republic that will lead to the strengthening of ties between Israel and all countries from the African Union,” he said.

Israel discovered ways to make desert bloom and share their knowledge with the rest of the globe.

Israel is a strong advocate for international development in order to combat desertification. This includes cooperative programs for training, research, and project development.

Among Israel’s areas of expertise are water recycling, water management, irrigation, agriculture in arid environments, soil erosion, desalinization, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and afforestation.

Extensive R&D and decades of hands-on experience in dry-lands conditions enable Israel to help other countries.

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