Bridging Israeli innovation and the ground realities of developing countries
Israel has a unique potential to advance the global sustainable development agenda in ways that vastly exceed its size. The purpose of the NITSAN Innovation Villages Program - a first of its kind in Israeli Academia - is to enable Israeli technology and its innovation system in agriculture, water, energy and other fields to diffuse and realize their potential to assist sustainable development in low-income settings.
NITSAN acts as a bridge between Israeli expertise and its innovation ecosystem - in both the private and public sector - and the ground realities of developing countries in order to test and adapt Israeli solutions in the field, and to develop policies and business models that can overcome socio-economic barriers to the diffusion of these solutions.
THE MODEL >
NITSAN COLLABORATIONS IN INDIA >
Each NITSAN project brings together a local partner with a strong field presence and community engagement in the destination country and one or more Israeli technologies identified by NITSAN based on local needs. NITSAN faculty and students then lead a scientifically rigorous process that involves the development, piloting and adapting of the solution in real field conditions. The culmination of the process is an integrated solution that combines the technology and an appropriate business model, is proven to be effective with local end-users and ripe for large-scale implementation.
A crucial element of the NITSAN model is the involvement of Israeli fellows (graduate students from the engineering, agricultural, social, computer, management, economics and policy sciences) through deep and prolonged immersion in local field conditions. Guided by experienced faculty and technical experts, the NITSAN fellows form a bridge between the Israeli innovation ecosystem and the complex realities of developing countries.
NITSAN Lab works around three areas with partners in India:
Improving farmer income and irrigation efficiency, especially in horticulture, with Tata Trusts in Andhra Pradesh.
Sustainable and scalable solutions for provision of safe drinking water, with Amrita University in Kerala.
Integrated sensor technology for the monitoring of farms in “digital villages”, with Thapar University in Punjab.
PROOF OF CONCEPT: THE TATA TRUSTS-TAU INNOVATION VILLAGES >
Harnessing the power of Israeli innovation to
increase India's smallholder farmers' income