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On 2 December 2020, the first meeting of the Project Steering Group (PSG) in the second phase of the COA project took place via video conference.

According to estimates by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - despite the ban on commercial cultivation - the proportion of genetically modified (GMO) soybeans in Ukraine is 50-65% of total production.

The development of organic farming is of great importance for the agricultural sector in Ukraine. Organic farming not only ensures better protection of the environment, but also provides the population with safe and high-quality food and at the same time contributes to rural development. The fifth international science conference, which took place in Kiev on November 4, 2020 as a hybrid-online-event, and which was organized by the Scientific and Methodological Center for Education and Higher Education (NMZ) together with the Organic Federation of Ukraine, focused on training issues and knowledge management in the field of organic farming and gave serveral international experts the opportunity to speak.

At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on October 13th, 2020, Ms. Vladyslava Magaletskaiya was appointed as the new head of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine.

On October 16, the COA team met with Deputy minister Serhii Glushchenko and his staff to discuss the further cooperation of the bilateral project with the Ministry of Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture (MDETA).

From 23rd to 27th September 2020 the Association Biodynamika Ukraine and Farm Schiwa Semlja Potutory GmbH, with the support of the German-Ukrainian Cooperation Organic Agriculture (COA), conducted a training course on the production of biodynamic preparations and their special application in organic viticulture.

We are happy to announce that a database has been established, collecting all available literature on organic agriculture in Ukrainian language.

On 19 September, the XII All Ukrainian Organic Products Fair was held at the Expo site in Kyiv, taking all necessary COVID measures. Organiser of this annual event is the Organic Federation of Ukraine.

The Project "German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture" (COA project) has supported an exhibition of organic products and technologies "ORGANIC-2020" as part of the exhibition "AGRO-2020", which was organized by the Organic Federation of Ukraine on 11-14 August 2020 in Kiev in the Exhibition Center of Ukraine (VDNG).

Online webinar for the key stakeholders in the organic sector of Ukraine was held on 03 July 2020 within the framework of the project "German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture", dedicated to the topic of selection and evaluation of materials for the Organic Knowledge Platform.

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