The final target group of the program are private SMEs (producers, processors, service providers) but also relevant public entities in organic and dairy sectors. They benefit from an improved regulatory framework, an improved business environment, tangible networking opportunities at the sector level, and enhanced provision of services covering a range of topics like product quality and safety, value addition and innovation, management and business skills, certification, and best agricultural practices.
Direct beneficiaries of the program are the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade, and Agriculture of Ukraine and the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection.
Program implementation period: 23.08.2019 – 30.06.2023
Objectives and activities
The main objective of the Quality FOOD Trade Program is to increase value addition in export and domestic trade from the organic and dairy sectors in order to contribute to the overarching goal of sustainable and inclusive growth in Ukraine.
The focus lies on two pillars:
- Strengthening product quality and safety in the organic and dairy sectors. The program contributes to increasing awareness about organic agriculture and milk safety among public institutions at national and oblast levels so that the partners are competent to conduct their own awareness creation campaigns. Capacities of responsible authorities are built up to improve, adopt, and enforce relevant legislation with by-laws, food safety authorities routinely integrate risk-based concepts in their risk-management procedures.
- Improving trade capacities in the domestic market and for export with products from the organic and dairy sectors. The program contributes to building up capacities among private and public sector service providers to respond to the demands of the organic and dairy sector stakeholders to improve trade with value-added products. These efforts are complemented by an organic multi-stakeholder platform that aims to promote diversified organic trade; and the implementation of a risk-based control program for the safety of raw milk.
Capacity building is tailor-made for the responsible entities and staff in the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade, and Agriculture of Ukraine, the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine, and private sector stakeholders from the organic and dairy sectors. The program works with systemic capacity-building approach targeting institutions, responsible state entities, and business service providers in the organic and dairy sectors, to enhance sustainable impacts.