We invite agricultural college students from developing countries all over the world to Israel for a one year internship, an experience of a lifetime. Our program involves learning by doing, acquiring practical hands on experience alongside theoretical studies, using the most cutting edge agricultural technologies available in a wide variety of fields.
Six Agrostudies interns reside at Kibbutz Be’eri, one of the last remaining old school cooperative Kibbutzes in Israel. Three of them are from Tanzania and three from Zambia. They live on the Kibbutz and eat in the communal lunch room along with everyone else, participating as one of this Southern Israeli community.
Kibbutz Be’eri undertakes highly developed and diverse horticulture farming. They have extensive citrus and Jojoba orchards as well as fields where they grow a wide variety of crops such as carrots, sweet potatoes, corn, barley, wheat and more.
Tom Rackoko and two of his friends, Shadad Mugabi and Tumwesige from the Veterinary University in Uganda, graduated from the Agrostudies internship last fall and have been making incredible headway as agriculturalists and businessmen since then.
Together, they pooled their resources and skills and renovated an old warehouse, transforming it into a modern henhouse.
The demonstration farm has planting, growing and picking cycles just as any farm. The fruits and vegetables planted are chosen with great care by Agrostudies’ agronomists Elad and Shoval. Every line of vegetables planted is done as part of a demonstration to the students so they have the chance to really learn something new each time. The plants are chosen by their relevancy to the students.
“Every morning I have to make sure that all the lambs are alright, that’s the first thing”. Young lambs are very prone to different kinds of illnesses and sadly, losing one of these cuties is not wholly uncommon. The interns learn to recognize different types of diseases and treat them. For example, Psyrah has become an expert on the type of antibiotics that the lamb needs to receive, depending on the symptoms it is exhibiting.