More than one billion people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger, and projections indicate that, without a substantial increase in the global food supply, the number of food insecure people will continue to increase. Ukraine’s robust agricultural endowment could help feed a world that the United Nations forecasts to require 70 percent more food by 2050. USAID helps Ukraine reclaim its “breadbasket” status and catalyze broad-based economic growth by constructing a stable, market-oriented policy environment; stimulating agricultural finance; and promoting more effective market infrastructure for small and medium producers. USAID promotes effective agricultural and property rights policies, international market channels, and financing mechanisms for small and medium producers.
Water for Agri Sector Project
Agrarian Markets Development Institute
January 22, 2015 – April 20, 2017
This USAID two-year project works to refurbish water infrastructure systems and improve water supply for rural residents, as well as to agricultural production in selected communities in Kherson Oblast. Specifically, this project seeks to enhance the potential of pilot communities to ramp up irrigated high-value crop production and increase yields; mobilize and establish community commitment and engagement in water resource management; provide access to improved community-owned infrastructure; create sustainable community ownership of stable water resources and management (water management cooperative as a member of public private partnership); and develop and implement sustainable financing for water systems that can be replicated.
Agriculture Partnership Initiative
Project Period: 2015 – June 2017
The Agriculture Partnership Initiative (API) is a part of the Feed the Future (FTF) Partnering for Innovation program. API works with the private sector to co-finance and co-design activities that address long-standing agricultural development challenges in Ukraine. This activity addresses the Mission’s objective of increasing the productivity of agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs). With a $4.1 million dollar USAID investment, API leveraged an additional $10 million by awarding four grants to private sector partners: Bayer/IFC, Danone/ICF, Agrobonus, and Agrico.
Agriculture and Rural Development Support (ARDS)
Project Period: August 7, 2016 – July 3, 2020
The project will support broad-based, resilient economic growth through a more inclusive, competitive, and better governed agriculture sector that provides attractive livelihoods to rural Ukrainians. It will create a better enabling environment for agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture to implement sector reforms, by developing a transparent legal framework for agricultural land markets, and by implementing reforms that attract irrigation system modernization investments. The Agriculture and Rural Development Support Project will improve agriculture sector competitiveness by supporting agricultural SMEs to introduce international quality and safety standards. ARDS will support rural development by expanding employment and income opportunities and supporting target rural communities to develop viable economic strategies that stimulate economic growth.
Credit for Agricultural Producers
Project Period: August 25, 2016 – August 24, 2020
The Credit for Agricultural Producers project will support broad-based, resilient economic growth by strengthening the capacity of Ukrainian credit unions to expand agricultural lending, which will increase employment and income opportunities in rural Ukraine. The project will create a legal and regulatory environment to strengthen credit unions as non-bank financial service providers. It will build the capacity of the two national credit union associations to develop and implement improved policies and enable the associations to deliver better services to their members. The activity will also assist credit unions to expand their agricultural loan portfolios while offering members timely economic loans. To help credit unions overcome liquidity constraints, the Credit for Agricultural Producers project will implement solutions to mobilize savings and provide access to affordable external capital. The project will assist five credit unions to support utilization of an existing Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee.
Last updated: February 17, 2017