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Israel Tells Fao Conference of Its Contribution to World Struggle Against Famine

Israel’s contributions to the world struggle against famine were outlined at a “freedom from hunger” conference organized here by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The Israeli representative, Mrs. Lotte Roman, told the conference that during the last nine years her country had arranged 142 agricultural training courses for 3,320 students from developing countries.

Mrs. Roman said that Israel was instrumental in organizing many field projects in developing countries including pest control in El Salvador, citrus cultivation in Uganda, agricultural marketing methods in Jamaica and animal husbandry in Ghana. She said the Peretz Naftali Foundation provided Latin American countries with experts on workers’ banks, cooperative credit and savings establishments. In 1964, Israel started a pilot project in Venezuela which, by 1968, encompassed 7,000 farmers in 130 villages who participated in a supervised credit system with a total annual turnover of $7 million.