Combining innovative approaches and production technologies with traditions contributes to Ukraine’s establishment at the international organic market as there is an urgent need to change the attitude to Ukraine as a raw material zone and create the image of Ukraine as a country which produces quality innovative products.
Ukrainian traditions mean, for instance, a bright Vyshyvanka Day at BioFach which attracts everybody’s attention and is taken over by other countries.
And innovations mean high quality processed products which, in particular, were displayed at the Novelty Stall of BioFach among 750 novelty products.
This year the Ukrainian National Pavilion at BioFach had 20 exhibiting companies, over 50 products a big part of which are processed products, namely, oils, tomato paste, teas, groats, etc., and over one thousand meetings with potential buyers.
In general, 3,218 exhibitors from 93 countries took part in the fair this year. More than 150 individual sessions took place at BioFach, among which the Ukrainian Forum Ukraine open to Organic. The Forum 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.
The «geography» of the official delegation also expanded. This year it was represented by Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for European Integration Olga Trofimtseva who had meetings with the European partners, including Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherland. German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt paid a visit to the National Pavilion of Ukraine.
We continue reviewing the results of the fair and are already preparing to BioFach 2019 which will take place on 13−16.02.2019!
The Ukrainian National Pavilion is organised by the Consortium of three Ukrainian key organic stakeholders: QueS organic consultancy body, Organic Standard certification body and Green Dossier environmental NGO.
Since 2014 the Ukrainian National Pavilion has been supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in the framework of the Swiss-Ukrainian cooperation project «Organic Market Development in Ukraine» (www.ukraine.fibl.org), implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) (www.fibl.org).
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).
Since 2017 the pavilion has also been supported by 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 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) also provided their support.
The Ukrainian National Pavilion is also supported by the exhibiting companies and organised with the support of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
Photo from BioFach 2018 available by the link https://www.biofach.com.ua/gallery/biofach-2018.