Ambassador Yaakoby participates in New Zealand AgriFood Week

Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand Ran Yaakoby and Director of Economy and Trade Lisa Martin have participated in New Zealand AgriFood Week 2021, a week-long event hosted by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), which brought together industry leaders from the agriculture, science, food and technology sectors.

During the week’s events, they were hosted by Mayor of Palmerston North Grant Smith for a fascinating (and tasty) Emerging Proteins Dinner where they heard from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Dame Juliet Gerrard on the future of food together with the hosts of the event FoodHQ.

The following day they were hosted by the Mayor of Feilding Helen Worboys for the Meet the Market Luncheon, where they heard from local Feilding farmers’ market producers on their diverse range of high-quality, nutrient-dense and innovative products.

On the sidelines of the event, they visited Fonterra Research and Development Centre, where they met with the Head of FRDC Mark Piper, learning about the ground-breaking innovations being developed by New Zealand’s largest company, as well as The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre where they were welcomed by Chief Scientist Nigel French and his distinguished team, followed by a meeting with the Management Team for Global Engagement at Massey University.


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