Fourteen co-operators from across China visited Israel for an exchange initiative.
The members, from the All China Federation of Marketing Co-operative, took a course on the Israeli co-operative experience. They visited Kibbutz Shefayim and the Milout Secondary Processing Cooperative, an experimental farms tackling desert and coastal agriculture.
The visit was organised by AJEEC-NISPED, a centre for education, training and project development for societies undergoing fundamental processes of change.
The two-week course was held in Beit Yatziv in Be’er Sheba, the capital of the Negev (southern Israel). Participants looked at legal and financial structures, post-harvest processing, marketing and sales and engaging communities in poverty eradication.
AJEEC-NISPED Chair, Mr Mully Dor, said: “We are delighted to welcome our friends from the ACFSMC to Israel.
“This visit will, we hope, mark the expansion of the relationship between our two organisations in the years ahead, both in terms of training and business links.
“In particular, we hope to see an increase in the export of co-operative agricultural produce and technology, especially around irrigation and water, as well as the purchase by Israel Coop of packaging materials, shelves and trolleys from China.”
NISPED, which is based in Israel’s Negev Desert, provides training to different organisations, including international partners, by focusing on the Israeli co-operative experience. A series of other visits will take place to strengthen business and co-operative ties between the two countries.