The Grant Program was initiated by the Organic Initiative, which includes key players of the organic sector of Ukraine.
- Background information
- The purpose of the Grant Program
- Apply for support
- Donate to the Program
- Report and publicity
Active development of organic production started at the beginning of 2000s; even then Ukraine was considered to be one of the important organic suppliers to the EU market. For many years Ukraine has been a reliable supplier of organic products and maintained its position during the COVID-19 pandemic when supply chains were disrupted. In recent years, Ukraine has been among TOP 5 leading suppliers of organic products to the EU.
According to the European Commission report, Ukraine ranked 4th among 123 countries by the volume of organic products imported to the EU, with the share of 7.8%. In 2020, Ukraine exported 217,210 tons of organic products to the EU. The key organic product categories are cereals and oilseeds (the largest exporter to the EU), soybeans, honey, fruit and vegetables and the products of their processing. The total organic export from Ukraine in 2020 amounted to 332,000 tons and USD 204 millions.
Since the beginning of the russian invasion to Ukraine in February 24th, Ukraine’s organic sector, like the entire agricultural and food industries, is being affected. Much of the land used for organic production has been lost in combat or due to occupation. Despite all the difficulties, many organic producers have started the sowing season, are providing organic products to Ukrainian defenders, and are also providing accommodation and food for the refugees from different parts of Ukraine.
Under these circumstances, Ukrainian organic producers need support to continue organic farming, provide the population of Ukraine and other countries with healthy organic food.
The purpose of the Grant Program
is to support the organic producers to overcome the current situation and preserve and strengthen the capacity of the organic sector of Ukraine in the mid- and long-term.
The eligible applicants are organic market operators, service providers, public organisations and unions working in the field of organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products – legal entities residents in Ukraine.
The Grant Program was initiated by the Organic Initiative, which includes key players of the organic sector of Ukraine. The Organic Initiative joined forces and resources of like-minded people and started its activities in April 2020, it aims to promote the development of the organic market and increase trade with Ukrainian organic products on the domestic and foreign markets.
Apply for support
- Phase 1. Urgent support of organic producers affected by the russian invasion since February 24, 2022 for organic certification.
The maximum amount of the grant within the 1st phase of the program will be UAH 70,000 (approx 2.250 CHF)
Results of the Phase 1 of the Grant Program at the link, detailed reports coming soon.
- Phase 2. Strengthening the capacity of the organic sector, supporting organic operators and developing the organic market in Ukraine.
It is important at this phase to create the preconditions for further development of the organic sector. Support will be given to initiatives that help restore the economic viability of operators and service providers of the organic market.
The maximum amount of support under Phase 2 will be 5 thousand CHF in hryvnia equivalent.
The dates of the 2nd phase of the program will be announced separately and will depend on the availability of funds.
Donate to the Program
The monetary fund of the Grant Program is formed from charitable donations and contributions of individuals and legal entities (residents and non-residents of Ukraine), targeted contributions of international projects / technical assistance programs and other revenues.
Please read the Public Offer Agreement for Charitable Donation for Support of the organic sector in Ukraine. By transferring money to our bank account you accept this Public Offer and agree with its conditions.
- Immediate financial assistance to organic sector
Kateryna Shor, Information Center “Green Dossier”, +380 67 440 5937 (WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Signal), +49 16 091 468 987 e-mail: email@example.com.
- International cooperation and fundraising for organic sector
Olena Deineko, Director of Organic Business School, +48 573 816 280 (Poland), +380 050 944 1242 (Ukraine), +380 067 103 9694 (WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report and publicity
Phase 1 of the program implemented by Organic Initiative with the support of:
- Switzerland 113 thousand CHF within the framework of the Organic Trade 4 Development in Eastern Europe (OT4D) Program implemented by IFOAM – Organics International in partnership with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Swiss-Ukrainian Program “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine” implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) in partnership with SAFOSO AG (Switzerland).
- Sunrise Foods International (Canada) transferred 138 thousand USA Dollars to support Ukrainian Organic Sector.
- Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ (Czech Republic) donated 10,000 Czech crowns to support small farmers in Ukraine.
- Agro Eco (the Netherlands) transferred 1 thousand euro to support Ukrainian Organic Sector.
- Program supported by the Office of the Agricultural counsellor Netherlands Embassy in Ukraine for amount of 2 thousand euro.
- BTU-CENTER (Ukraine) has joined the grant program and provides charitable assistance to organic producers in the format of 100 sets of 4 biological products for plant nutrition and protection. The total amount of aid is over UAH 1 million and is calculated on 1,500 hectares.