When Jews around the world began migrating to Palestine, they found themselves in a conundrum: the arid land and the reliance on dry farming wouldn’t sufficiently feed the growing population. The lack of natural resources, meant that the pioneers would have to find industrious ways to farm the land sufficiently, without depleting the its resources.
In an effort to resolve this dilemma, The Agricultural Experiment Station was established. In 1921 the organization developed into the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), widely known as the Volcani Center. It was within the ranks of the ARO that experimental farming methods were developed. The ARO became responsible for inventing unique irrigation strategies and developing unrivaled methods to desalinate water, a system that not only to be successful, but spread throughout farms across the world.
The ARO also became formative in developing a mixed farming method in Israel. This form of farming which was based on a strict crop rotation, allowed Israeli farmers to produce a high yield, while replenishing the soils nutrients. Due to these innovations, there was no longer a need to depend on dry farming methods and Israel was able to develop a thriving agricultural industry, which by 2012 reached $2.4 billion in exports.
With strong support for the agricultural arm of the government, the ARO continues to be a driving force behind disruptive food-tech innovations. The Netafim drip irrigation system, Zeraim Gedera optimal seed development technology, and BeeLogics technology for curing bee colony collapse, are just a few of the companies that have developed and grown thanks to the support of the ARO.
It is with this forward thinking and support, that encouraged a culture that is enthusiastic about research and experiment with food and agricultural technology. The ARO paved the way for a population of people primed to use innovative methods and technology to resolve food related predicaments. With the support of the government, foodtech incubators, investors, and academia- entrepreneurs, scientists, and chefs in Israel are prepared to face and resolve our greatest food related dilemmas.
The Kitchen, Israel’s first and only food tech incubator, not only invests half a million seed dollars to every company accepted into their program, they also provide startups full access to their state of the art facilities, office space and priceless mentorship from the best scientists and foodpreneurs in the country. This opportunity gives these innovative companies a head start in developing their idea and getting it into the market. Since its inception, The Kitchen has seen over 250 food tech startups in Israel, many of which have gone on to developing tangible solutions for our food systems.
At FoodLab Capital we also believe that the modern food tech industry will be the driving force to provide healthy, tasty, clean and convenient food to consumers without further repleting our planet’s resources, therefore our goal is to provide a hub for innovation and a source of opportunity for food tech companies to thrive. As more countries are developing strategies to resolve issues such as, food waste, nutrition, food distribution, food safety and more, we aim to create a strong community in which we can input knowledge, share information, execute research and enrich the industry.