World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food BioFach took place on February 14−17, 2018 in Nuremberg (Germany). The Ukrainian National Pavilion was presented at BioFach 2018 for the 5th time and celebrate its fifth anniversary. The Pavilion has increased almost twice from about 70 sq.m. in 2014 to 130 sq.m. in 2018 and the number of exhibiting companies has grown from 8 to 20. Ukrainian Forum, which has already become traditional, was organised in the frame of BioFach and attracted 90 participants from 15 countries such as Ukraine, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Canada, Argentina, the Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland, the UK and Russia.
For 5 consecutive years the Ukrainian National Pavilion has been organised by the Consortium of three Ukrainian key organic stakeholders: QueS Organic Consultancy Body (www.ques.com.ua), Organic Standard Certification Body (www.organicstandard.com.ua) and Environmental NGO Information Center «Green Dossier» (www.dossier.org.ua).
Since 2014 the Ukrainian National Pavilion has been supported by the Swiss-Ukrainian cooperation project «Organic Market Development in Ukraine», funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) (www.ukraine.fibl.org). And for the last two years the Pavilion has also been co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) through the German-Ukrainian cooperation project «Advice to Ukraine on agricultural trade issues under the deep and comprehensive Free-Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine», implemented by AFC/IAK (www.afci.de / www.iakleipzig.de), and Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) funded by the U.S. government via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (www.wnisef.org).
In 2018 the Pavilion is also supported by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, www.fao.org), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD, www.ebrd.com), and the European Union under the EU4Business Initiative (www.eu4business.eu/uk/ukraine).
Ukrainian National Pavilion is also supported by the exhibiting companies and organised with the support of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.
Twenty companies were presented Ukraine at BIOFACH 2018 and offer a range of organic products, including cereals, oil crops, pulses, groats/flakes, berries, oils and seeds. This range of products provides excellent pre-conditions for a further growth of organic production in Ukraine.