RESEARCH + DEVELOPMENT
Making life better for all Israelis. Sharing our knowledge with world.
Jewish National Fund is leading the way in researching and developing leading-edge technology for trees, solar power, salt water irrigation, and more.
As the population of the planet grows, the world’s watching Israel and what it is doing in the desert. For more than a century, JNF, as a part of its support for the land and people of Israel has sponsored research initiatives, beginning with expeditions to study plant life and soil quality in Israel as part of efforts to cultivate the land. Today, JNF has become a world leader in technological, agricultural, and environmental innovations.
At JNF’s Central Arava R&D Center, biologists are focused on finding cures for cancers, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. And, in the Negev, by working with distinguished academic and scientific institutions, JNF has accomplished and supported never-before-seen innovative solutions in the areas of solar power, water sustainability, agricultural development, and electric power.
Arava R&D Center
ARAVA INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ARAVA INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL TRAINING
AICAT students have come from various countries, including Cambodia, East Timor, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.
The school offers a 10-month diploma program for undergraduates and an 18-month master’s program. Demand for the programs is increasing, and they have been over capacity since 2012. As more and more countries participate in the program and the center becomes the global hub for agricultural training, the number of enrolled students is expected to increase significantly over the next few years. This has created the need for a larger campus. Renovation of the existing facilities and expansion of teaching facilities is necessary to meet growth expectations, making a larger campus necessary. AICAT expects to have at least 1,500 students enrolled by 2020.