General Information

AICAT – Arava International Center for Agriculture Training is pleased to invite students to participate in a professional and successful agricultural program based on “Learning by Doing “.
The program is intended for undergraduates students in agricultural institutes mostly in Asia
(Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, East-Timor) and Africa. In the 2019 - 2020 we expect to add students from four further countries!
The program will be held over 10 months - the whole agricultural season in the Arava.
Students will live on farms in the Arava region where they will be exposed to the high technologies
and advanced agriculture.
AICAT impact on graduates lives is in various aspects:

Social Impact

The students become community leaders and agricultural mentors and change their way of thinking from a traditional way to an innovative one,  "out of the box" thinking.

Academic Impact

The students go back to their home countries with theoretical and practical tools crucial for their countries'
food safety and security, and are Pursuing higher academic education in Israel and abroad.

Economic Impact

Our graduates establish successful model farms and business.
Graduates integrate professionally in the public and private sector.
 

Economic Model

During the mentoring program, students receive a salary for their practical training on the farm. This enables the student to cover  expenses such as: academic tuition, living expenses, rent, food and a return flight home.
Students will be able to return to their country of origin with an initial amount of money which they have saved during the academic year. This money can be used to initiate, implement or continue an agricultural project in their country in which the knowledge they have gained during the program will be reflected.

As we follow up our graduates, we witness them leading change and development in the areas where they come from.

Some countries continue to support their graduates after the program and help them to implement the knowledge they have acquired.

Thailand – In all the agricultural colleges with which the students are connected, our graduates apply the agricultural knowhow they have acquired in the Arava to establish model farms which take local factors into account. The farms utilise Israeli irrigation technology supplied by Netafim, Amiad’s filtering systems and more. The farms are called the “ARAVA FARM” and every graduate wishing to join must acquire a financial share in the project.

Laos - Under the guidance of their group leader, students are attempting to duplicate the Thai project. Their initial proposal to their university has been accepted. The students are at present in the planning stages of the project and are raising money to fund it.

Nepal - The Ministry of Agriculture in Nepal has offered each of its 2015 graduates US$ 1000 to implement an entrepreneurial agricultural project. Their purpose is to encourage young people to return to their villages and engage in other forms of agriculture. 

Myanmar - Some of our graduates serve as instructors at an agricultural training centre in the areas they come from.