August 18, 2020

Helping Ukraine improve trade with value-added agriculture products

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Agriculture has traditionally been one of the most important sectors of the Ukrainian economy, given the high quality and availability of fertile land. But Ukraine’s agriculture potential has not been realized fully. An initiative to strengthen the dairy sector and the organic agriculture sector in Ukraine, is the Swiss-Ukrainian Program “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine”. The Program started in August 2019 and will last until June 2023.

Agriculture has traditionally been one of the most important sectors of the Ukrainian economy, given the high quality and availability of fertile land. But Ukraine’s agriculture potential has not been realized fully.

An initiative to strengthen the dairy sector and the organic agriculture sector in Ukraine, is the Swiss-Ukrainian Program “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine”. The Program started in August 2019 and will last until June 2023.

This Quality Food Trade Program is implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) in partnership with SAFOSO AG and is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), with contributions from the private sector in Ukraine.

The aim of the program is to improve food safety and quality both for trade and for domestic use. Improvement of integration into international trade has a strong potential to stimulate economic growth in Ukraine, in particular in agriculture.

SAFOSO is leading the technical assistance for the dairy sector component of the program. Among other activities, SAFOSO is providing “training on the job” to increase the skills of the competent authorities to perform risk assessment and is supporting public and private stakeholders in designing and implementing a “Raw Milk Control Program”, which will provide important information about raw milk quality and safety in Ukraine.

«We contribute by sharing our experience and building capacities with the Ukrainian stakeholders to ensure long-term impact and opportunities for effective development of Ukrainian sectors after the end of the Program”, – says Manon Schuppers, Director at SAFOSO.

Go to the new website to learn more about the Quality FOOD Trade Program, find news about the organic and dairy sectors and public union "Carpathian Taste", and learn about current and future events and participate in them.

 

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