Foreign Experts and Unsustainable Development: Transferring Israeli Technology to Zambia, Nigeria and Nepal, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Foreign Experts and Unsustainable Development

Transferring Israeli Technology to Zambia, Nigeria and Nepal, 1st Edition

By Moshe Schwartz, A. Paul Hare


218 pages

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This title was first published in 2000: In the 50s and 60s, former colonies in Asia and Africa gained their independence and ’new states’ were created. Although they still maintained strong links with their former rulers, these links were no longer exclusive. For a variety of political reasons, discussed in this book, Israel was keen to forge relationships with these less developed countries. It offered expertise and technological assistance in agricultural development in exchange for political alliance. This book examines three case studies of such projects in Nigeria, Nepal and Zambia to discover how successful this type of assistance was and what lessons could be learnt from these experiences. While most of the projects set up by the Israelis proved very successful initially, once the projects were established and the Israeli experts left, infrastructure problems often made the new agricultural technologies unsustainable. The main problems revealed in this book reflect how strongly changes in global politics and economics impact on small-scale local development projects. Using in-depth case studies from Nigeria, Nepal and Zambia, this book examines Israeli-assisted agricultural development projects and addresses the key issues and problems involved with such collaborative projects, where foreign experts introduce new technologies to less developed countries’ rural communities.


’The book of Schwartz and Hare is a useful addition to the literature on the history of the Israeli extension efforts exported to LDCs as Public Goods…The richness of the bibliography proves that the authors are familiar with a very wide selection of primary and secondary sources, and their report is comprehensive…The book is written in an easily flowing and enjoyable language and is very well documented.’ Journal of Rural Cooperation

Table of Contents

Contents: Israel Agricultural Assistance in the Third World: Israeli assistance to agricultural settlement projects in the Third World, 1957-1973. The Israeli Moshav: History, Structure, and Transformation: The Moshav settlement experience before the mid-eighties: historical highlights; The transformations of Israel’s Moshavim, 1986-1995. The Settlements: Agricultural settlements in Zambia (Kafubu and Kafulafuta): the Israeli presence (1966-1973) and its aftermath; Ohaji farm settlement: a flash in the pan; The beginnings of Israeli resettlement assistance to Nepal 1960-1965: planning non-Moshavim. Comparison: Agricultural settlement projects in Zambia, Nigeria and Nepal: a comparison. Appendix: Interviews with settlers in Zambia, Nigeria and Nepal; Bibliography; Index.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography