Ukrainian National Pavilion at BioFach 2016: ploughing the ground for organic growth

11 Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at BioFach 2016 in Nuremberg (Germany) offering a wide range of organic products for which Ukraine is famous, including cereals, oil crops, pulses, sunflower seeds and oil, groats/flakes, wild/ cultivated berries and berry paste, plus certification services. The Ukrainian National Pavilion attracted much attention from many thousands visitors from all over the world, as the dynamically growing organic sector of Ukraine is in the spotlight of identifying new sourcing opportunities for the fast growing organic food consumption worldwide. BioFach (Germany) is the biggest trade fair for organic products worldwide, with more than 2,500 exhibitors from almost 90 countries.

According to the data from the Organic Federation of Ukraine, the organically certified area in Ukraine is increasing steadily. Currently, around 400,000 hectares of agricultural land is cultivated with organic practices, relating to almost 200 organic producers. Organic farming is also one of the priority areas within the Single and Comprehensive Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development in Ukraine for 2015-2020 issued by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. In the coming years, a further expansion of organic surfaces is expected.


The Ukrainian National Pavilion during 3 years is organising by the Consortium of three Ukrainian key organic stakeholders: Information Centre “Green Dossier”, Organic Standard certification body and QueS consultancy body. Besides the 11 exhibiting companies, the Ukrainian pavilion was supported by the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Organic Market Development in Ukraine”, implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (‪‎FiBL‬) and funded by the Swiss Confederation through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the Project “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN)”, funded by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Additional support was obtained from the State Enterprise National Research and Information Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets (Derzhzovnіshіnform, DZI), which is a leading research and expert centre managed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.


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