At KKL-JNF we support research, both in Israel and worldwide, on ways to make arid areas more habitable and productive, thus halting and even reversing desertification. The development of innovative water-harvesting techniques has enabled KKL-JNF to share this knowledge and create a positive global impact.
Thanks to KKL-JNF-supported R&D stations throughout the Negev, agriculture in the region is one of the most advanced in the world. These stations create means of production that exploit the natural potential of peripheral regions: solar energy, climate, soil, water sources and manpower quality. KKL-JNF is an active partner in the International Arid Lands Consortium, which studies ways and means to prevent desertification and develop new farming methods for arid and semi-arid areas and shares this knowledge with partners in other countries far and near. We also work closely with academic institutions in Israel supporting research projects with global implications, such as the Weizmann Institute project in the Yatir Forest.
Were David Ben-Gurion alive today he would be proud of us. All over the world, in arid and semi-arid countries, desertification is a pressing problem as a result of over-exploitation, a process which is exacerbated by climatic changes. KKL-JNF is helping us and the world solve these issues.