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Top 12 agri-tech companies from Israel
(Israel21c)

 

January 19, 2014

israel21c.org

 

 

You’ve heard about drip irrigation and cherry tomatoes, but there are hundreds of Israeli technologies changing the world’s farms for the better. ISRAEL21c chooses the top 12.

 

Rising mercury, growing populations and loss of land mean a higher demand for food quantity and quality in the future. The Israel Business Conference in December enlisted experts from the World Bank and The Economist along with world-renowned researchers and investors to find ways to feed the future. ISRAEL21c was there.

 

The week before, the second annual Agrivest event in Israel showcased the up-and-coming Israeli agriculture technologies for multinational food and seed companies to follow. ISRAEL21c was there, too.

 

To help bring the world up to speed on agri-tech advances from Israel, we’ve spoken with the who’s who in the field and curated a list of the top 12 companies from Israel.

 

The companies chosen represent a wide range of Israeli expertise from seed technology, the dairy industry, biological pest control and aquaculture. Most of them are proven in the market, are innovators in their field, and are changing the way we produce food to achieve more with less.

 

We consulted with heads of the Israel Export and Trade Institute, the Volcani Center, Trendlines Agtech and GreenSoil Ventures. GreenSoil is the only venture capital firm in Israel focused solely on Israeli agricultural technologies.

 

You’ve probably heard about Israeli drip irrigation and cherry tomatoes. Here are technologies you might not have heard about –– ones to make old farms futuristic.

#3: Kaiima attracted a lot of publicity this year after earning a $65 million investment from Horizon Ventures, International Financial Corporation and Infinity Group. Kaiima takes a non-GMO approach to amplify crop output. Depending on the size of the plot, location and season, Kaiima says it can boost crop yields by 10-50 percent by doubling the chromosomes of plants — a process that would happen naturally over time. Kaiima artificially speeds up this process, resulting in more cell activity, more photosynthesis, better plant adaptations in the field –– and by their accounts so far, more food on the table.

 

This article was originally featured in Israeli21C.

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