On 17.02.2021, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the Regulation on the Responsibilities of the re-established Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (MAPE).

Funded by BMEL and BMZ, the German association Ekoconnect - International Center for Organic Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe e.V. - since 2009 country reports on organic farming and the market in Central and Eastern Europe. As part of this initiative, the country report Ukraine was recently reissued.

In Russia, up to 80% of organic food in retail stores is said to be counterfeit. This is the conclusion of a study by Roskachestvo, an independent company that examines the quality of goods in Russia.

Experts and audience agree: Fraud is everywhere, and additional control measures contribute to organic integrity.

During an online session on 17 February at this year’s Biofach Congress, a team of experts from around the globe found common ground with an involved audience on the title question: “Is Eastern Europe a hotspot for organic fraud? Initiatives for demonstrating Organic Integrity from countries in the region”.

We welcome you to join our contribution at Biofach 2021: Forum “Is East Europe a hotspot for organic fraud? Initiatives for demonstrating Organic Integrity from countries in the region”

Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine spoke as panelist within the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). Topic of the discussion was “How to better cope with change: New approaches for food system resilience to pandemic and climatic shocks”.

On January 22, 2021, another meeting was held of the Organic Working Group, that has been established by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture (MDETA) to address issues related to Ukrainian organic legislation.

On 17.12.2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine elected Mr Roman Leshchenko as the new Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

In October 2020, the autumn course for the production of biodynamic preparations took place on the “Schiwa Semlja Potutory GmbH” farm. Due to the COVID pandemic, only a small number of people could participate and the organizers therefore decided, with the support of the COA project, to shoot a practice-oriented video and make it accessible to a wider audience.

On December 3, 2020, a round table "Information on Requirements for Organic Control Bodies in Ukraine" was held in an online format. After the first round table during the BIOFACH trade fair in February, this was the second information event specifically aimed at organic control bodies (CBs), which was initiated by MDETA and carried out with the support of the project "German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture" (COA).

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