6 Israeli Companies Helping The World Combat Desertification and DroughtSeveral Israeli companies are employing innovative strategies to tackle ...

6 Israeli Companies Helping The World Combat Desertification and DroughtSeveral Israeli companies are employing innovative strategies to tackle ...6 Israeli Companies Helping The World Combat Desertification and Drought
Several Israeli companies are employing innovative strategies to tackle global drought – an urgent crisis being highlighted by the United Nations’ upcoming World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

Desertification, or land degradation in arid areas, and drought, a deficiency of rain, are universal crises. They extend both to developing countries and to nations worldwide. The United Nations reports that no country is immune from these global phenomena. Forecasts from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought estimate that droughts may affect over three-quarters of the global population by 2050. UNICEF estimates that one in four children will live in areas with extreme water shortages by 2040.



This year, the United Nations (UN) set a fitting theme for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: “Rising up from drought together.” With drought on the rise and desertification posing a threat to the productivity of land, the UN aims to bring awareness to these threats.

The people of Israel, a country dominated by desert, and facing water shortages due to drought and overconsumption throughout its history, have first hand experience with the challenges of desertification and lack of water. They have become leaders in agriculture and agritech for this very reason.

Desert farming in the Negev, Israel. Illustrative. Deposit Photos
Desert farming in the Negev, Israel. Illustrative. Deposit Photos
“The vast majority of the land of Israel on one end is the Negev [desert.] Due to lack of water, growing areas have become limited. And this is why it is so important to develop new techniques to enable growing, to increase a growing area of crops,” says Orna Livneh, a member of the Israel Innovation Authority’s (IIA) climate team, tells NoCamels.

“Early on since the inception of the country, we understood that we have to use technology in order to fully use the resources available,” adds Hagit Lidor, IIA international marketing manager.

Ahead of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, NoCamels spotlights six Israeli companies working to counter these challenges.