The Center of Excellence for Horticultural Development
was established by MASHAV following a request made by the Minister of Agriculture of Rwanda, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, to set up a special center for advanced horticulture designed for all levels of the farming community, from small holder farmers to commercial farmers.
The design and implementation of the project were carried out by CINADCO – MASHAV’s main professional and operational affiliate for international agricultural rural development cooperation. The center is based on the Indo-Israel model of “Centers of Excellence in Agriculture,’’ and includes production of 4 main products; transfer of knowhow, capacity building and demonstration; agro-inputs (nurseries for better seedlings and varieties) and fresh produce. The center will display a whole range of technologies for horticulture production under cover and open field, and will be made available for applied R&D, training and exhibition.
Foreign Minister Liberman is accompanied by Head of MASHAV Ambassador Daniel Carmon, and joined by a delegation from the Israel Export Institute including representatives from some 50 Israeli companies, with the goal of developing economic ties between Israel and the African countries.
Prior to the visit, FM Liberman stated: "I see great importance to investment in Africa, in the humanitarian, economic and political spheres. There are many areas where Israel can help with aid and development: Agriculture, water management, medicine, and more. We have established partnerships with various countries for investment in Africa, including the United States, Canada, and Italy, and the highlight is the African Initiative, a joint project with Germany that was decided upon during the last meeting of the Israeli and German governments.”