AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS

Participants of the Fifth All-Ukrainian Organic Fair supported by AgroInvest, September 2013.
Participants of the Fifth All-Ukrainian Organic Fair supported by AgroInvest, September 2013.
THE CHALLENGE
Ukraine’s capacity for sustainable, broad-based growth is stalled by:
  1. unpredictable and incomplete agricultural policies,
  2. limited financial services for agriculture, and
  3. a weak market infrastructure that leads to low yields and reduces the competitiveness of small and medium producers.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Ukraine’s agriculture is performing at one-third of its production capability and one-half of its potential for contributing to GDP.

Ukraine requires assistance to tap its vast potential in agriculture, which would diversify its sources of prosperity, leading to a broader economic recovery, and contributing to a more food secure world.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE
To accelerate broad-based economic recovery through a more inclusive and competitive agricultural industry.

OVERVIEW
More than one billion people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger, and without a substantial increase in the global food supply, the number of food insecure people is projected to increase. Ukraine’s fertile soil and large land resources have the potential to make significant contributions towards feeding a world that, according to the United Nations, will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050. USAID helps Ukraine reclaim its “breadbasket” role in the world and catalyze broad-based economic growth by supporting development of a stable, market-oriented policy environment; stimulating agricultural finance; and promoting more effective market infrastructure for small and medium producers.

OUR PROGRAMS
AgroInvest

This five-year, $18.7 million USAID activity aims to accelerate and broaden economic recovery in Ukraine and contribute to global food security efforts by creating a more inclusive and competitive agricultural industry. In particular, AgroInvest will increase awareness of land rights among rural landholders and producers, facilitate the adoption of market-oriented legislation needed for agricultural land reform, increase agricultural lending to small and medium agricultural producers, establish wholesale and regional markets, and strengthen the capacity of producer organizations and industry associations.

Water for Agri-Sector*
The project is supporting rehabilitation of water infrastructure systems and improvements in water supply for rural residents, as well as improvements in agricultural production, in the Kherson oblast.

Financial Systems and Agrarian Policy Dialogue
The project is supporting broad-based economic growth through a more inclusive and competitive agricultural sector by promoting increased access to finance for agricultural producers.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
AgroInvest

  • In partnership with local NGOs, Ministry of Justice, and State Registration Service developed and implemented a national training program for state registrars and public notaries to provide practical guidance on implementation of the legislative changes and new procedures that now dictate land registration in Ukraine. The project trained over 3,000 state registrars and notaries from 19 oblasts in implementation of new procedures for property registration. Additionally, AgroInvest organized 160 group consultations for users of registration services where nearly 6,000 individuals received clear and concise training on how to navigate the new procedures. 
  • Developed a web portal www.ZEM.UA that became a trusted online platform focused on land issues in Ukraine. The resource provides reliable and up to date information tailored both for lawyers and citizens, which is needed to protect land owners’ property rights.
  • Implemented a nationwide media and education campaign on land rights and worked with 11 local NGOs to train and inform Ukrainians about their rights pertaining to land.
  • Implemented primary and secondary legal assistance program in eight oblasts providing direct legal advice to nearly 5,000 rural land owners. Additionally, over 15,000 land titles were issued and over 200 land conflicts resolved with project assistance.
  • Provided technical assistance for capacity building, policy development, and advocacy skills to 12 national level agricultural sector associations to enable them to develop and promote transparent, market-oriented agricultural policies.
  • In partnership with two national associations of credit unions introduced internal audits in the Ukrainian credit union system. Such audits will help increase transparency and improve management of the system as a whole as well as the individual credit unions.
  • Completed a feasibility study to support implementation of the Green Markets national project. The study has identified the most ideal locations and structure of the network of agricultural wholesale markets across Ukraine, assessed needed investment, and drafted legislation required to establish modern wholesale markets in the country.   
  • Engaged with the GOU, credit union associations and sector experts to promote legislation aimed to create a better enabling environment for Ukrainian credit unions. When adopted, that legislation will allow credit unions to expand lending to small and medium agricultural producers.
  • In partnership with leading Polish credit union expert and World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) developed recommendations to the GOU intended to harmonize Ukrainian legislation on credit unions with EU directives, especially in light with the imminent signing of Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Water for  Agri-Sector*

  • Renovation of two water pumping stations completed, with access to water improved for more than 12,000 people or 1/3 of Razdolnensky rayon.
  • Two sites in the Kherson oblast are currently under implementation.

Financial Systems and Agrarian Policy Dialogue
Promoted adoption of legislation to facilitate better access to finance for agricultural producers (Law on Agrarian Receipts and Law On the Guarantee Fund for the System of Grain Warehouse Receipts). Supported drafting and adoption of implementing regulations and Cabinet of Minister’s resolutions for those laws.

*This program has redirected its focus from Crimea to the Kherson Oblast.

 

Last updated: August 18, 2014

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