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Monday, 14 May 2012

Israel’s development agency teams up with UNIDO on food security, industrial development in Africa

JERUSALEM, 14 May 2012 - Israel's National Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed an agreement today to increase cooperation on food security, water management, the empowerment of women and industrial development in Africa and in Least Developed Countries.

This will be implemented under the framework of UNIDO’s Agribusiness and Agro-Industries Development Initiative (3ADI). The memorandum of understanding was signed  during an official visit to Israel by the Director-General of UNIDO, Kandeh K. Yumkella.

The cooperation between MASHAV and UNIDO builds on the two organizations’ mutual and complementary capabilities and will focus on capacity building in such areas as agriculture-related technologies and biotechnology; support to small and medium industrial enterprises; women's empowerment; women's entrepreneurship development; rural entrepreneurship development; and environment and sustainability.

Director-general Yumkella will meet with President Shimon Peres, as well as the head of the Knesset Economic Committee, and the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The UNIDO delegation will participate in the Agritech international conference taking place in Tel Aviv from 15 to 17 May.

At AGRITECH, Yumkella will participate in a panel discussion on development challenges. He will also take part in MASHAV's high level forum on development.

For more information, please contact:

Philippe Scholtes
Director, UNIDO Agribusiness Development Branch
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