"The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has signed an agreement with Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to collaborate on research to help meet the world’s food and agricultural needs. The ARS said on Tuesday that the five-year agreement will focus on high-priority agricultural issues such as climate change, international food security, alternative energy production, precision agriculture, sustainable natural resources management, capacity building and rural development.
The agreement was signed in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, and is intended to complement current research activities that are underpinned by funding from the United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD).
“This goes beyond that,” Herrera said.
She said that although the agreement does not include any funding, its purpose is to allow researchers to work together more easily, to co-publish and compare notes.
“Collaboration could take place without the MOU but it opens doors, lays out the framework or the direction this could take,” she said.""