MASHAV International Training Courses

About MASHAV - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency for International Development Cooperation

International development cooperation is a fundamental part of development diplomacy and an inherent part of Israeli foreign policy. MASHAV emphasizes the importance of creating effective partnerships for development implementation of cooperative projects.

MASHAV activities focus on areas in which Israel has a comparative advantage and/or accumulated expertise.

The list of such fields is extensive, including: water resource management and irrigation, desert agriculture and combat of desertification, early childhood education, community development, emergency and disaster medicine, refugee absorption and employment programs, and many, many others. 

Here, at the International School of Agricultural Sciences, we conduct short-term professional training courses in partnership with MASHAV, having a shared commitment of cooperation throughout the implementation. MASHAV extends a hand in partnership wherever Israel’s experience is relevant. 

MASHAV course graduates are invited to become part of the worldwide Shalom Clubs.


Past MASHAV courses at the International School:

Nutrition in a Changing Global Environment

Meeting Agricultural Challenges In A Changing World: Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Ensuring Food Safety in Times of Global Change

Water Management: Decision Making, Environmental Aspects & Risk Assessment 

Crop Production Under Saline Stress: Environmental soil and water qualities due to climatic changes 

Advanced Methods for Increasing Dairy Yield: Small & Large Ruminants 

Adapting to Climate Change: Biotechnology in Agriculture in a World of Global Environmental Changes 

Agri-Green Management: Agri-Environmental Considerations Under Climatic Changes 

Nutrition in a Changing Global Environment 

Models of Sustainable Development: Initiatives for Rural Communities in Desert Areas 

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Article: Nutrition Challenges of our Times


December 15, 2016

Major changes have occurred in the global diet in recent years. In the past, malnutrition and infectious diseases were of primary concern. They remain a challenge but today we also face an emerging trend towards over-nutrition and chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular, diabetes and cancer.

Nutrition transition has made fast-food, which are high in fats and simple sugars, the preferred menu for millions of individuals around the world and, in particular, for growing percentages of populations in developing countries. More and more processed foods are available while foods made from natural, locally-grown produce are disappearing.

As we better understand how diet affects our health, it is clear that drastic dietary changes must be made. This important issue was discussed and studied from different aspects in the MASHAV professional international training course NUTRITION IN A CHANGING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT. Twenty nutrition and health professionals from 11 countries, such as Armenia, Colombia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Moldova and Vietnam, participated in the course that was held in November and December 2016 in Israel at the Hebrew University's International School of Agricultural Sciences on the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment campus in Rehovot. 

The participants learned about nutrition throughout the life-cycle of infants, children, adolescents, mothers, adults and the elderly; understanding evidence-based nutrition and other topics such as: the obesity epidemic, malnutrition, functional foods, and Nutrigenomics, the science of how nutrients interact with genes.