National policy strategy

Facilitating a national policy strategy

GFI Israel works closely with ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israel Innovation Authority, and other public authorities, to coordinate the national effort toward a governmental resolution to advance the alternative proteins sector in Israel.

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What is an alternative protein strategy?

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A national strategy serves as a holistic, data-driven, and country-specific examination of every facet of the alternative protein value chain, pinpointing actionable government policies and orchestrating the most impactful course of action. It also encourages the government to communicate its strong commitment to investing in and advancing specific sectors for the benefit of the country and economy.

This approach outlines the vision, objectives, and actionable policies required to promote and support the alternative protein sector at the national level, along with a clear evaluation of the potential gains for the country.

The strategy identifies market barriers that necessitate effective government intervention, evaluates recommendations for addressing these issues, and quantifies government support.

Israel’s national policy plan

GFI Israel has been working closely with the Israeli government to establish a national policy plan to leverage groundbreaking innovation and entrepreneurship in the alternative protein space to create a local industry capable of meeting domestic demand. The plan reveals that given the right governmental support, by 2030, the local alternative protein industry could contribute about 10B NIS annually to the Israeli GDP through the growth of about 230 additional local companies, 40 factories, and 12,500 jobs.

Innovating the future: A collaborative vision for Israel’s alternative protein industry with the Israeli Innovation Authority in the lead

GFI Israel has been crafting a two-year strategic plan to enhance and leverage the Israeli alternative protein ecosystem into an industry capable of local and regional production. GFI Israel collaborated with the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Shaldora consulting firm. We will soon publish our comprehensive research, which is rooted in extensive interviews within the alternative protein ecosystem and academia, and examines the current state of Israel’s alternative protein landscape.

The analysis identifies unmet challenges along the value chain and presents potential solutions from a global perspective. It acknowledges Israel’s competitive advantages, emphasizing its local entrepreneurial and technological environment, cutting-edge scientific and technological capabilities, extensive entrepreneurship and venture capital system, and a unique early adopter market.

However, it’s crucial to recognize Israel’s structural limitations as a small and distant market. Key challenges include the absence of leading industrial food giants promoting large-scale research, investments, and services in alternative protein. There are also limited synergies with large developed industries such as pharma, chemicals, and food, which could provide the needed infrastructure and workforce to advance the alternative protein industry.

Acknowledging these factors, the Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA) and the government are actively exploring numerous initiatives to support the alternative protein ecosystem’s maturity and transition to scale-up. This strategic approach is crucial for expanding and preserving Israel’s preeminent position in this rapidly growing sector.

Additional countries are intensifying efforts to develop comprehensive strategic plans to establish alternative protein ecosystems. Here are a few recent examples:

Germany
Invested €38 million in 2024 for funding for alternative protein transition, including a center of excellence that developing a comprehensive roadmap for the protein transition that defines measurable goals for the sector and sets out what industry and government need to do to position Germany at the forefront by 2030.

Denmark
Announced the first-ever national plan for plant-based foods. The plan inspires action among all the actors in the local food system, from the farmer and food producer to the retail trade, as well as the consumer.

The Netherlands
Plans are aimed at creating economic growth, and include public funding to support the formation of an ecosystem around cellular agriculture.


How does GFI Israel support this effort?

GFI Israel collaborates with public authorities, ministries, and the industry to advise and support the national initiative for advancing the Israeli ecosystem. We serve as a bridge between the public and private sectors, pinpointing the most impactful intervention points.

What we do

  • We inform and advise all relevant ministries about the sector’s needs, identifying white spaces and opportunities for growth where the government can lead.
  • We collaborate with the ministries to create a data-based work plan for allocating their budgets according to the specific needs of the Israeli ecosystem.
  • We facilitate knowledge exchange and open communication channels between the ministries and the industry.

How you can help

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