Avocado Development with MASHAV
MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, a division of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MASHAV was founded in late 1957, and is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the Sate of Israel’s development cooperation programs.
The Avocado production sites is part of smallholder horticulture program which aims to promote economic growth in rural areas through strengthening commercialization of smallholder farmers production. The program assists smallholder farmers in avocado production and marketing and works on adaptation of improved verities, and on orchard management
- Established in 2017, the 1 hectare avocado orchard at El Shadai serves as a model training center, a demonstration site and aims to improve the capacity of avocado production in the region. In addition, the site provides linkages to the MASHAV-USAID avocado nursery in Alamata, demonstrating Hass and Etinger varieties
- The site includes a Solar powered drip irrigation system and demonstrate intercropping method of vegetable production between trees for the first 3 years as a means to promote income while the trees are too young to bear fruit.