Conference program 2018-02-20T10:46:58+00:00

Conference Program

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8 May 2018

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07:00  -  17:00

Registration

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09:00  -  09:30

Opening Ceremony

Moderator & Chairperson: Dr. Uri Yermiyahu, President, Agritech Conference

Mr. Uri Ariel, Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural development

Mr. Ofir Libstein, Agritech Israel Chairman

Mr. Gadi Ariely, CEO, Export Institute

Prof. Eli Feinerman, CEO,Volcani Center

Mr. Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority

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09:30  -  10:00

Public Policy

Moderator & Chairperson: Dr. Uri Yermiyahu, President, Agritech Conference

09:30-09:45: Ms. Monique Barbut, Head of UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification)

09:45-10:00: Mr. Guillaume Gruere, Senior Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

 

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10:00  -  10:15

Coffee Break

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10:15  -  11:15

Agriculture and Food policies in arid and semi-arid countries

Moderator: Ambassador Gil Haskel, Head of MASHAV, MFA

Ministerial Round Table – Challenges and solutions in agricultural and food policies in arid and semi-arid areas

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11:15  -  12:00

Family Farming combating the desert

Moderator: Mr. Yuval Fuchs, Deputy Head of MASHAV, MFA

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12:00  -  13:00

Lunch Break

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13:00  -  14:00

Family & Small holders Farming Hall A2

Moderator: Rutie Frum Aricha, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

13:00-13:15: Dr. Shoshan Haran, Founder & General Manager, Fair Planet – “Fair Planet – Bridging the Seed Gap”

13:15-13:30: Ms. Tami Eran Shushan, Mashav- Technical Innovation for Poverty Alleviation: The TIPA Model for empowering Smallholder Farmers in Africa

13:30-13:45: Ms. Nitzan Solan, Co-founder & CEO, Living Box LTD.

13:45-14:00: Q&A

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13:00  -  14:00

Agro Business and Project Financing Hall A3

Moderator: Mr. Ami Lustig, Public management Chairman of Agro division at the Israel Export Institute

13:00-13:15: Mr. Mario Bruni, Director, Head of International Network, SACE S.p.A. Italy- Agricultural Project Financing

13:15-13:30: Mr. Arnaud Cachard, Head of International- Export Finance-Real Assets Landing, Credit Suisse, Switzerland

13:30-13:45: Mr. Mohammad Rehan Rashid, World Bank regional commissioner for East Asia – World Bank Projects

13:45-14:00: Prof. Eugene Kandel, CEO, Start Up Nation Central – Overview on Israeli innovative and enterpreneurial ecosystem in Agriculture

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14:00  -  15:15

Projects- the Global Experience Hall A2

Moderator: Zvi Herman

14:00-14:15: Prof. Dr. Bekir Erol AK, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Turkey – “The impact of Atatürk Dam on Horticultural and Field Crops at Southeast Anatolian region”

14:15-14:30: Mr. Arnon Rosenbaum, VP Projects & Business Development, Netafim – Bridging the Water Gap with Micro-Irrigation Technology. Ramthal Lift Irrigation Project – Case study of the world’s largest drip irrigation project   

14:30-14:45: Dr. Patricia Imas, Chief Agronomist, Fertilizers Ltd. – Potash for Life – A large scale project for last-mile knowledge delivery to farmers on balanced use of fertilizers in India 

14:45-15:00: Q&A

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14:00  -  15:15

Water and Irrigation (Operations, Conveyance, Economics) Hall A3

Moderator: Prof. Uri Shani/ Dr. Anat Levingart

14:00-14:15: Mr. Giora Shacham, CEO and Chairman, Israel Water Authority – Public policy in national water management

14:15-14:30: Dr. Noam Perlmuter, CEO, ROTEC (Reverse Osmosis Technologies) – Innovations in desalination industry

14:30-14:45: Mr. Zafrir Sofer, CEO, Palgey Maim – Effluents- from burden to resource of irrigation

14:45-15:00: Dr. Shabtai Cohen, Senior Researcher, ARO Volcani Center – Crop water requirements and irrigation under screens and plastic without climate control 

15:00-15:15: Prof. Naftali Lazarovitz, Ben Gurion University in the NegevDrip fertigation for staple food crops: can we do it?”

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15:15  -  15:30

Coffee Break

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15:30  -  17:00

Innovation Authority Panel & Presentations to Start-Up Companies

9 May 2018

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07:00  -  17:00

Registration

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08:30  -  09:30

Water and Irrigation (Qualities) Hall A2

Moderator & Chairperson: Dr. Uri Yermiyahu, President, Agritech Conference

08:30-08:45: Dr. Jose Enrique Fernandez Luque, Senior Researcher, Institute of Natural Resources and Agobiology, CSIC Seville – How far are we from effective irrigation scheduling”

08:45-09:00: Dr. Shmuel Assouline, Senior Researcher, ARO Volcani Center – Long-term irrigation with treated wastewater: Effects on soil properties and growth conditions

09:00-09:15: Dr. Alon Ben-Gal, Senior Researcher, ARO Volcani Center – Salt of the earth? The potential and challenges of irrigation with non-conventional water sources

09:15-09:30: Q&A

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08:30  -  09:30

Regional Cooperation Hall A3

Moderator: Ambassador Yael Ravia Tzadok, Deputy General Director, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

08:30-08:45: Dr. Arnon Dag, Researcher, ARO Volcani Center – Mid East Regional Cooperation on development of Olive agriculture and industry

08:45-09:00: Dr. Gal Yaacobi, Bio-Bee – Fruit flies management using biological control at a regional scale

09:00-09:15: CINADCO – Regional cooperation of 4 partners : Israel-Palestinian Authority- Jordan-Japan

09:15-09:30: Q&A

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09:30  -  09:45

Coffee Break

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09:45  -  12:00

Africa Hall A2

Moderator: Mr. Itzik Ben David, Senior Deputy Director General – Foreign Trade, ISRAEL Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

09:45-10:00: Ambassador Gideon Behar, Head of Bureau Africa Division, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Africa: The implications of climate change, desertification and population growth

10:00-10:15: Dr. Hillel Magen, VP Agronomy, ICL Fertilizers Ltd. and Director, IPI – Delivering fertilization knowledge through a large scale reach out project to potato and tomato farmers in Kenya

10:15-10:30: Prof. Itamar Glazer, Researcher, ARO Volcani Center – Strategies and approaches for the support of African agricultural development

10:30-11:30: Panel: Planning, Financing and Implementing Green Revolution in Africa
                     Mr. Ran Maidan, CEO, Netafim

11:30-12:00: Q&A

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09:45  -  12:00

Soil Hall A3

Moderator, Dr. Dror Mintz, Manager, Soil and Water institute, ARO Volcani Center

09:45-10:00: Mr. Frank DiBello, CEO and President of Space Florida Corporation – The Interface between outer Space, Soil, Agriculture and Water

10:00-10:15: Dr. Rami Zaidenberg, ARO Volcani Center – Soil Erosion

10:15-10:30: Dr. Gil Eshel, ARO Volcani Center – Desert Soil Fertility and Conservation

10:30-10:45: Dr. Guy Levi, ARO Volcani Center – Soil salinity and destruction resulting from low-quality water

10:45-11:00: Dr. Eli Zaady, ARO Volcani Center – Ecological stabilization of movable sand dunes at the edge of agricultural fields

11:00-11:30: Q&A

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12:00  -  13:00

Lunch Break

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13:00  -  14:30

Smart Agriculture Hall A2

Moderator: Dr. Victor Elchanati, Manager, Agriculture Engineering Institute, ARO Volcani Center

13:00-13:15: Dr. George Vellidis, Professor, Director of Academic Programs, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, Tifton Campus, University of Georgia – “SmartIrrigation – the Pathway to Sustainable Intensification”

13:15-13:30: Mr. Izhar Gilad, Head of Commercial & Business Development, Digital Farming, Netafim – From Depending on Rain Clouds to Harvesting the Power of the Digital Cloud

13:30-13:45: Prof. Arnon Karnieli, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Selected applications of the VENµS satellite for precision agriculture

13:45-14:00: Prof. Avital Becher, Head of industrial, growing and environmental engineering, ARO, Volcani Center – Robotics for precision agriculture tasks in protected crops

14:00-14:15: Prof. Ilan Halachmi, Research Scientist, Head of the ARO lab, ARO, Volcani Center – Adapting sensor-based precision livestock farming (PLF) to climate changes and semiarid agriculture

14:15-14:30: Q&A

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13:00  -  14:30

Crops Hall A3

Moderator: Prof. Sheenan Harpaz, Researcher, ARO Volcani Center

13:00-13:15: Prof. Yosef Mizrahi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Cacti as possible future multipurpose desert crops

13:15-13:30: Dr. Yuval Cohen, ARO Volcani Center – Date palm cultivation in Israel: Challenges and research achievements

13:30-13:45: Dr. David J. Bonfil, ARO Volcani Center – Israel, natural field lab – Wheat and climate change

13:45-14:00: Dr. Zvi Peleg, The Hebrew University – Variety Cultivation and adjustment to desert conditions

14:00-14:15: Mr. Gabi Wolkinson, CEO, Sea Dream, Microdel group – Fish growth in the Desert

14:15-14:30: Q&A

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14:30  -  15:45

Protected Cultivation and Plant Protection Hall A2

Moderator: Dr. Arnon Dag, Researcher, ARO Volcani Center

14:30-14:45: Dr. Hagai Yasuor, Researcher, ARO, Volcani Center – Heat Stress in Protective Vegetable Crops, Mechanisms and Agronomical Challenges

14:45-15:00: Ms. Alona Ron-Snir, CEO, DryGair Energies – Innovative solution for controlling humidity within the growing facilities/ greenhouse

15:00-15:15: Prof. Dani Steinberg, ARO Volcani Center – Management of bacterial canker of tomatoes grown under net in semi-arid conditions

15:15-15:30: Dr. Meir Teitel, Senior Scientist, ARO, Volcani Center – Methods for the reduction of heat load in protected crops under warm climatic conditions

15:30-15:45: TBA

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14:30  -  15:45

Combating Desertification by Sustainable Agriculture Hall A3

Moderator: Mr. David Brand/Mr. Omri Boneh, JNF

14:30-14:45: Prof. Marcelo Sternberg, Tel Aviv University – “Effects of climate change on grazing management: knows and unknows in time of uncertainty”

14:45-15:00: Dr. Rakefet David-Schwartz, Researcher, ARO Volcani Center – Mechanisms to cope with water stress in forest trees at the semi-arid area in Israel

15:00-15:15: TBA

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15:45  -  17:45

Closing Ceremony

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17:45

Gala Evening

10 May 2018

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