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West Africans Attend Israeli Conference on Growing Crops in Dry Regions

In a sign of growing ties between Israel and Africa, officials from 13 West African countries came to Jerusalem to discuss how to grow crops in dry regions.

The three-day conference was organized by the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, and Mashav, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

It’s the first-­ever ECOWAS seminar held outside West Africa, Jerusalem Post reported. The theme was “Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Productivity in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions.

Delegates to the conference included foreign ministers of Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Guinea, Cape Verde, Gambia, and Sierra Leone; and senior officials from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal, according to Times of Israel.

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