Dov Pasternak, our first EPN hero, is using his remarkable intellect to help thousands of farmers finds pathways out of poverty.
|Dov Pasternak, the Father of "Farmers of the Future"|
When Dov Pasternak was 16 years old, his school took a trip to the Negev Desert in southern Israel. When he returned, he told his friends "I'm going to become an agricultural scientist and make the desert bloom!" Years after that promise, that is precisely what he has done.
Dov Pasternak is unique. He combines world class agricultural science with a focus on practical application, a flair for marketing and business, enormous creativity, and a humanitarian heart 5 times normal size.
In the last 15 years Dov has focused on sub-Saharan African where his impact has been immense. He developed the African Market Garden (AMG), a revolutionary low-pressure irrigation system for small scale farmers. The AMG is now used by more than 30,000 farmers across 6 nations. Senegal has recently started an initiative to install AMG's for over 8,000 more.
Dov's initiatives have made a great impact on the agricultural scene. But even with drip irrigation and the African Market Garden, there was much more to come.
We'll pause with Dov's story now, and share the rest in an upcoming post. In the meantime though, share your thoughts below: has Dov's story inspired you? How so?
We're looking forward to sharing more in Part 2