Israel Lends Agricultural Expertise to Africa
Israel is currently training farmers in the West African nation of Senegal, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported. "Israel is the only country in the world that has been able to conquer the desert," said Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon. "This is our strength—this we would like to bring here." Senegal's volatile harvests create tremendous food needs for the country's 11 million citizens. Over 80 percent of their food is imported from abroad. "Senegal's traditional agriculture is one crop a year. We know how to do three and four crops a year. We can teach that." Israel was among the first countries to recognize Senegal's independence and the two nations have had diplomatic relations for nearly 50 years.