Professor Ronnie Friedman


Israeli agriculture has always been defined by doing a lot with a little.  The country is only about the size of New Jersey and 80% of its land non-arable.  Yet remarkably, Israel produces about 95% of the food requirements for its 8 million residents. It’s a testament to both Israeli scientists who have pioneered innovative farming techniques such as drip irrigation and to the Israeli people who for decades have heeded the call of their first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion to “make the desert bloom.”  Now new threats from global warming and increasing population are putting a strain on Israel’s already over-taxed resources. Professor Ronnie Friedman, the former Dean of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, talks about these issues and more.