Some 3 in 10 people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. An estimated 16 percent of the world's population have little or no access to electricity. With these numbers in mind, is this a wonder so many people, especially in rural communities, struggle to break out of the cycle of poverty?
With innovation and creative initiatives, a path can be paved for change. Economic gaps can be bridged, communities will thrive and millions of individuals can be empowered to create livelihoods to provide for their families.
Israel - the innovation hub of the world
In a little over 70 years, Israel has totally transformed itself. From a tiny, resource-poor, fledgling state at its inception, Israel has carved its way from being a developing country to becoming one of the premier innovation-hubs of the world. By overcoming adversity in so many ways, Israel has become a world leader in accelerating economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship in diverse areas such as solar energy for electricity, water management, health, energy, technology, among others. It has earned its place in the world as the "Start-up Nation".
Harnessing the power of the sun
With an abundance of sunshine in a country that is 50% desert, Israeli engineers have been at the cutting edge of solar energy technology since the early 1950's. One Israeli-American firm, Energiya Global, was behind the first connected solar project on the African continent, the 8.5 megawatt solar field in the Agahozo-Shalom youth village, powering 6% of Rwanda’s electricity alone. Israeli-developed solar water pumps can be found in at least 10 countries on the continent using solar energy to pump clean water that is trapped below the ground in the aquifers in regions where there is drought and hunger.
Better yields with less water
Founded in 1965, the Israeli company Netafim introduced the world’s first drip-irrigation system which has found its way to all corners of the globe. Based on a revolutionary discovery that slow, minimal balanced water drip leads to extraordinary plant growth, drip-irrigation is at its finest especially in times of drought. It increases crop yield, quality and consistency, while using less water per unit of land—helping farmers grow the crops they need to feed their families and to sell in local markets.
Cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset
One major reason why Israeli entrepreneurs have been so successful is its tendency to challenge authority, reward creativity and live by a "get it done now" mentality. This "entrepreneurial mindset", is certainly an ingredient that pervades the Israeli innovation scene.
Hebrew University's MSc in Development Practice, Economics, Management and Sustainable Development in Rural Areas
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's, Rehovot Campus, International School of Agricultural Sciences MSc program in Development Practice is a rare opportunity to study with some of the leading academic scholars in the field of practical and global development. It is also a place where you will meet and network with many other individuals- like yourself- who are committed, passionate and determined to use their knowledge of economics and business, to make a difference and to make the world a better place.
It is through daring innovation that impact is created. Come and find your place in a country which lives and breathes initiative, courage and creativity. A place which by its own example, can lead and pave the way for hope around the world.