The World Bank is currently examining the possibility of establishing a regional innovation and research center for the desert and aquaculture in Israel, in partnership with several countries “including Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and the Emirates”, details a statement relayed Wednesday by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
A meeting took place Tuesday in Washington between Oded Forer, Israeli Minister of Agriculture, and Juergen Voegele, vice-president for sustainable development at the World Bank, where “it was agreed to promote the creation of a international center for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the field of desert agriculture,” the statement said.
“The center will be established in the Negev by the agriculture ministry, in cooperation with the World Bank and other countries and international organizations,” Israel’s agriculture department said. The global financial institution agreed to review the project, in order to prepare a practical plan for setting up the research center. According to the statement, World Bank officials have been invited to visit Israel, as well as partner countries in this project, including Morocco.