Updated: May 11, 2018
In part one of my article (available here), I noted that the real tragedy of Africa’s povertyy (and deaths resulting from that) is the fact that it can be eradicated. Israel offers us the most high-tech and innovate solutions to herald our bright future. This part two of my article examines where the problem lies…
Misplaced solidarity and boycotts will not feed our people or develop Africa but achieve the exact opposite; Cape Town being a case in point. Yet these same nations place the welfare of their citizens as a priority but ask us to bear the brunt of their ill-founded hatred for one nation, Israel
As Africa, we have allowed ourselves to be lobbied by a few nations who desire our solidarity support against Israel more than they care about our people. This became a reality after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 when an Arab coalition led by Egypt and Syria launched a massive pre-emptive strike on Israel. Subsequent to their defeat, the Arab countries resorted to an oil embargo and successfully lobbied African states to disassociate with Israel. Misplaced solidarity and boycotts will not feed our people or develop Africa but achieve the exact opposite; Cape Town being a case in point.
Yet these same nations place the welfare of their citizens as a priority but ask us to bear the brunt of their ill-founded hatred for one nation, Israel. Israel, like any other country faces certain challenges that must be addressed. We, in turn, must be pragmatic as it is suicidal for African states to continue to spurn cooperation with Israel, a nation that through its development agency, Mashav, has trained more than a quarter of a million students, predominantly African, from the developing world in education, health, science and agriculture.
Pressing Issues in Africa
Hunger, electricity and water are three of many pressing issues that commonly blight our existence and stifle our progress. It is a known fact that billions of dollars are donated to Africa every year to help us overcome these challenges. However, these donor funds have been ineffective in providing practical solutions.
Israel provides many practical solutions,
some of which are:
Israel with its innovative agricultural technology that includes drip irrigation produces 95% of its food requirements;
With the assistance of Israel, Ethiopia is now one of the top 20 producers of avocado in the world yet the avocado tree is not indigenous to Ethiopia;
Kenya lies 4thand Ethiopia 6thin the Top 10 countries that export the most cut flowers in the world. This is a $20 billion per annum global industry with Kenya now the lead exporter of rose cut flowers to the European Union (EU) with a market share of 38%;
It is estimated that in Kenya, over 500,000 people, including over 100,000 flower farm employees depend on the floriculture industry impacting over 2 million livelihoods. Floriculture brings to the Kenyan economy around $600 million annually.
Our Relationship With Israel.
Our relationship with Israel began at a place of faith but must permeate into our entire existence..
The picture of our current reality that confronts us daily, as Africans here in the continent or in the diaspora, is indeed gloomy but this must also be the catalyst that finally galvanises us into action. Israel presents a hope and a blueprint for Africa.
Can we afford to ignore these facts? Our relationship with Israel began at a place of faith but must permeate into our entire existence. A symbiotic relationship is not just about Israel but the very future our great continent if we are to rise from the cauldron of poverty and challenges in health, energy, education and water. We owe it to ourselves and our children to be decisive and act now!