I’ve grown up my whole life in Kenya but with a Dutch background. The Dutch, much like the Israelis, have a really strong agricultural background. However, I find that when you have lots of Dutch and Israeli people working here you need to remember the landscape is totally different.
You can’t compare Israel or Holland to Africa; Israel is a desert and Holland is a temperate climate. Both countries are incredible in the agriculture sector but I do find a lot of the knowledge isn’t relevant for this climate.
It was amazing opening our eyes in Brazil. So much of the Brazilian agro-scape is fitting to the African one. If you took the map of Brazil and laid it over East, Central and parts of Southern Africa you have very similar biomes.
It felt extremely comforting to see this. If the Brazilians can do it, surely we Africans can do it.