Historically known as "the granary of Europe", Ukraine has abundant resources and ideal conditions for large-scale agricultural activities. With 33% of the world's black earth (chernozem) concentrated in Ukraine, a favourable climate and proximity to key markets, Ukraine is becoming a major power for agricultural exports.
Over the past 10 years, the agribusiness sector has shown an average annual growth rate of 21% and represents over 11% of the country's GDP. The commercial interchange in agricultural products with the EU in 2020 reached $ 10.2 billion, a sector that sees Italy among Ukraine's main European partners.
Ukraine maintains a leading position in the production and export of cereals and is the world leader in exports of sunflower oil and related products and second among the world exporters of rapeseed. The Ukrainian food industry has also experienced significant growth over the past 10 years, resulting in the development of well-structured subsectors.
Ukraine is actively working on the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU to comply with European standards in agriculture. In particular, in 2018, Ukraine adopted the new organic law and the phytosanitary regulation law, which represents a step forward for niche agricultural producers. Another important step towards the opening of the market was the adoption of the law that removes the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land in force since 2002. From 1 July 2021, individuals will be able to buy land for up to 100 hectares while the release for legal entities is scheduled for 2024.
For this reason, Strategia & Sviluppo Consultants in collaboration with the Ukrainian Embassy in Rome organizes a webinar entitled "Opportunities in the agribusiness sector in Ukraine" for Thursday 20 May at 11:00. The purpose of the webinar is to address all the important issues, needs and opportunities that the agri-food cluster will have to face and can offer in the coming years. For this reason, the event will take into account not only agrarian reform but also the preparation and processing of food and the role of food in the circular economy and within the EU Green Deal.
To receive the link for participation in the webinar, please confirm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below you will find the final program of the event:
THE EVENT WILL BE HELD IN ENGLISH
WHEN: 20th of May starting at 11:00 (CET)
DURATION: 1h30’ + 30’ for possible Q&A
ORGANIZERS: Embassy of Ukraine in Rome (Italy)|Strategia & Sviluppo Consultants
MODERATOR: Gigi Donelli, Radio24
THE PROGRAMME OF THE WEBINAR:OPENING REMARKS
• H.E. Yaroslav Melnyk Ambassador of Ukraine in Italy
• Roman Leshchenko, The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Ukraine on the path of land reform: attracting investment and new technologies
• Francesco Tufarelli, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Director General Coordination for EU policies, Italian proposals for agri-policy in the framework of Next Generation EU
ADDING VALUE IN AGRIBUSINESS
• Fabrizio Zucca, Chairman SSC, Member of the Scientific Committee Eurispes, Adding value along agricultural sector value-chain
• Dr. Alex Lissitsa, President of Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, CEO of agricultural company IMC, A global agribusiness player: how innovations and investments changed the traditional Ukrainian agriculture
AGRIBUSINESS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
• Dr. Matthias Eder, Press Spokesman, PreZero Stiftung & Co. KG (Schwarz Gruppe), New thinking for a cleaner tomorrow
• Vincenzo Accurso, COO di NextChem Srl (Maire Technimont Group), Biofuels and Bio-chemicals from agri-waste
LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE
• Timur Bondaryev, Founding & Managing Partner, Head of real estate at ARZINGER, Threats and opportunities of land reform
CLOSING REMARKS and Q&A