Netafim has been named the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award laureate. The commendation will be presented at a World Water Week ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 3.

The prestigious award recognizes Netafim’s innovative approaches to sustainable water management and the development of new products and technologies in agricultural irrigation that help mitigate world hunger.

The laureate is granted by the Stockholm International Water Institute in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

“We are truly honored to receive the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award,” said Netafim President and CEO Igal Aisenberg,

“As the global pioneer and worldwide leader in drip irrigation, we have always focused on saving water. With water and land scarcity topping the list of today’s major global challenges, we’re leveraging our expertise and experience in drip technology to achieve water sustainability and help combat food price inflation and ensure food security.

“This award is testimony to our efforts and inspires us to continue to help reduce water usage and to make the world a better, more sustainable place,” he said.

Netafim is an active participant in the global effort to promote sustainable water management, and the company’s worldwide presence enables it to make a significant impact on water usage. Netafim operates 16 manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe and Asia, including Israel, and serves an ever-increasing number of agriculturists in more than 100 countries.

“Globally, 70 percent of our finite freshwater is used for agricultural irrigation, and with rapidly expanding demand for agricultural products, there is a dire need to improve water productivity,” said the Stockholm Industry Water Award Committee in its citation.

“Netafim’s remarkable achievements, helping farmers across the world to ‘grow more with less,’ are directly contributing to a more water- and food-secure world.”

Netafim actively participates in international organizations dedicated to implementing recommended water usage practices. In this capacity Netafim partners with leading food and beverage corporations to ensure the deployment of efficient water usage methods throughout the value chain.

Netafim is a member of the UN CEO Water Mandate and works with international organizations, governments and academic institutions. The company participates in global forums aimed at improving water usage in agriculture worldwide.

Netafim was founded at Kibbutz Hatzerim in 1965 in response to the water shortage in Israel, particularly in the Negev desert. Today, over 10 million hectares of farmland worldwide are irrigated with Netafim dripline irrigation.

Netafim’s turf and landscape division features a complete line of dripline products for landscape irrigation. Netafim Techline is used to irrigate turf, shrubs, trees and flower beds, and can be installed in landscapes, sports fields, tennis courts, golf courses and more.

The Techline family includes: Techline DL, Techline CV, Techline EZ and Techline RW.