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Organic Food

Organic Food

Thanks to the country’s size (the biggest country within Europe with 603.6 thousand square km), geographical location and proximity to international buyers, widespread fertile black soils and diverse climate zones, Ukraine has all the prerequisites to gradually become a European centre of organic production. Over the last few years the organic sector in Ukraine has demonstrated rapidly growing export potential.

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ІТ industry in Ukraine

In 2021, Ukrainian Government adopted the National Economic Strategy until 2030 which officially set a target for increase in organic agricultural land in Ukraine. It is planned that by 2030 Ukrainian organic land will reach 3% of the total area of agricultural lands of Ukraine (or near 1.3 million hectares). Another goal of the Strategy is to increase exports of organic products to 1 billion USD by 2030.

In the last few years Ukrainian companies have managed to establish an international supply chain and are already delivering their products to more than 40 countries around the world. 469,000 tonnes of Ukrainian organic products with a value of USD 189 million are already exported to 236 companies in 35 countries around the world (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa). Main countries of destination for Ukrainian organic food products are the Netherlands, the US, Germany, Lithuania, Austria, the United Kingdom, Poland, Canada, Italy and Switzerland. Ukrainian organic producers already export 60+ types of products: cereals (corn, wheat and barley), oilseeds, soybeans, sunflower oil, fruits and berries, vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, greens and ketchup, juices, flour, honey and others.

The majority of organic operators in Ukraine are certified according to the EU organic standard. In addition, Ukrainian organic operators are often certified according to the US National Organic Program (NOP) and/or Canada Organic Regime (COR), Bio Suisse (Switzerland), Naturland and Bioland (Germany), JAS (Japan), and KRAV (Sweden).

Stakeholders

I. Organic Ukraine is an NGO of Producers of Organic Certified Products which unites only certified organic operators and has important partners for the organic business; it is established to create and develop the Ukrainian and international organic market. Today the organization includes 63 organic producers.

II. Organic Federation of Ukraine was created in 2005 and promotes the organic movement in Ukraine, including not only the direct production, processing and export of organic products, but also the formation of the domestic market consumption, widespread dissemination of organic farming values. Members of the Federation of Organic Movement of Ukraine are more than 100 entities and individuals, public and government research organizations.

III. Organic Standard is the first Ukrainian national certification body that provides services in inspection and certification of organic production. It was founded within the frame of the Swiss-Ukrainian project «Organic Certification and Market Development in Ukraine» in 2007. Nowadays, Organic Standard Ltd provides organic production certification all around Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan.

IV. The Quality FOOD Trade Program has the aim to increase value addition in export and domestic trade from the organic and dairy sectors in order to contribute to the overarching goal of sustainable and inclusive growth in Ukraine. The Program is implemented under the leadership of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland together with SAFOSO, a Swiss consulting company for safe food from healthy animals.

V. OrganicInfo is a specialized information portal aimed at promoting organic production, organic food and a sustainable lifestyle.

VI. International Charitable Organisation «Information Center «Green Dossier» is an information center that promotes principles of sustainable development and their integration into national policies and government programs by disseminating objective environmental and social information to mass media, local communities, government and business, involving them to practical action.

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