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Professor Avigad Vonshak, Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University, 15 June 2009

Trade Event

Professor Avigad Vonshak addressed a Boardroom lunch for 20 academic leaders, policy makers and business executives with expertise in water where he discussed “Ideas for Building a Sustainable Future for Australian Agriculture in Dry Regions” based on Israel’s experience. This Trade event was proudly hosted by University of New South Wales.

Australia and Israel share many similar challenges in relation to water shortages, desalination, desertification and building sustainable agricultural.

Israel has used innovation to achieve some amazing results including reviving its major barren region and establishing Be’er–Sheva - its 4th largest city, and Ben-Gurion University - the 3rd largest in the country, and has become an Agricultural world leader.

The Jacob Blaustein Institute studies the challenges of Desertification and develops new methodologies that assist in preventing Desertification and promote sustainable development of drylands.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established with the aim to spearhead the development of the Negev, a desert area comprising more than 60% of the country. The University was inspired by the vision of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region.

Today, Ben-Gurion University is a major centre for teaching and research, with over 17,000 students enrolled in the faculties of Engineering, Health, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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