We are shocked and appalled by the war in Ukraine and the suffering it is causing and condemn this blatant violation of international law.
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL has been active in research and advisory projects in Ukraine since 2005. SAFOSO has been supporting the Ukrainian dairy industry since 2015. At the moment, FiBL and SAFOSO AG are involved in the area of organic agriculture and dairy farming. The current Quality Food Trade Program project started in 2019 and will last until 2023. It is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO. FiBL and SAFOSO are working on the ground with various ministries as well as hundreds of local partners: organic and dairy associations, farms and processors, organic shops, supermarkets, consultants, etc. Since the invasion of Russian troops on the 24th of February, the situation has changed dramatically. The top priority now is the safety of the twelve local employees on the ground. FiBL and SAFOSO are in daily contact with them and are trying to support them as best they can.
We – FiBL and SAFOSO – have jointly decided to support the people in Ukraine and in particular our partners and the stakeholders in the Ukrainian dairy and organic sector. If you would also like to provide support, we encourage you to donate to organizations you know or to the NGOs listed below that we know are active on the ground and that have been recommended to us by our partners.
People in need: Czech NGO working in the area since 2014
Red Cross Ukraine
Red Cross Ukraine: https://redcross.org.ua/en/
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