Milan, March 13 - Israel has signed its participation contract for Expo 2015 in Milan. The deal sees the Mediterranean country take up a strategic position for its pavilion at the exhibition site in an area adjacent to the Italian pavilion. The contract was inked Tuesday by Elazar Cohen, the commissioner general of the Israeli Pavilion, and Expo 2015 CEO Giuseppe Sala. With Israel's signature, Expo Milano 2015 has now signed participation contracts with 35 of the 123 countries that have so far committed themselves to taking part. The theme of the Expo, 'Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life', centers on fighting famine and malnutrition worldwide through sustainable development, global cooperation and new technology. Israel has a big contribution to make as it is a pioneer in the fields of agriculture and effective water management, which is crucial to be able to grow food on its largely arid terrain. "The outstanding innovative expertise of Israel in the field of technology for agriculture in arid areas undoubtedly represents a huge added value for the development of the Expo's theme," said Sala. "This signature seals a partnership that will provide a continuous and fruitful dialogue between all the protagonists of Expo Milano 2015. "Each country is asked to share its knowledge and excellence in order to help solve the food and environmental emergencies which are afflicting the planet".