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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 contribute significantly towards feeding a world that, according to the United Nations, will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050. USAID is helping 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. USAID is also supporting development of effective agricultural and property rights policies, building international market channels and establishing financing mechanisms for small and medium producers.  

Current programs:

Chemonics International Inc.
January 25, 2011 – January 24, 2016

This five-year USAID project 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 aims to increase awareness among rural landholders and producers of their land rights, 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.

Partnership for Sustainable Water Supply for Agriculture Development Roll-Out Project
Agrarian Markets Development Institute
January 22, 2015 – January 21, 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.

Last updated: August 13, 2015

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