World Food Prize for Israeli Drip Irrigation Inventor

World Food Prize for Israeli Drip Irrigation Inventor


June 18, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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What could be more important than food?

I mean its basic availability to those who would otherwise go hungry.

Thus, the annual World Food Prize has special meaning.

It honors contributions to alleviating world hunger.

This year's winner is Daniel Hillel, an Israeli scientist.

He developed what's called drip irrigation.

That process allows food to be grown in arid countries.

Those countries include Israel's neighbors, Egypt and Jordan.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded Dr. Hillel's methods, which are used today on more than 15 million acres worldwide to “produce high-yield, nutritious crops.”

"He's known as the father of sustainable water management," Secretary Clinton added.

The Rio+20, or Earth Summit, takes place in Brazil this week.

World leaders are focusing on sustainable development.

Israel is attending, with much to contribute, as Dr. Hillel's award attests.

Israel. The more you know, the more you understand.

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This is David Harris of AJC.