Ettinger, Akiva Jacob

   Palestine agronomist. Russian-born Ettinger studied agriculture, first at St Petersburg and then in Bonn. From 1898 he worked for ICA (Jewish Colonization Association) in southern Russia, and later as an adviser on Jewish settlement in the Argentine and Brazil. He made trips to Palestine and wrote Jewish Colonization in Palestine: Methods, Plans and Capital (1916). In 1918, Ettinger settled in Palestine and was appointed to direct the land settlement department of the Zionist executive, a position he held until 1925. In 1919, he founded Kiryat Anavim in the Judean hills and turned it into a model settlement. He also devised projects for settling the Jezreel Valley (1921– 4), and helped develop fruit-growing, particularly different types of grapes. During the years 1926 to 1936, he was in charge of land acquisition for the Jewish National Fund.

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