Representatives of the German Embassy and the "German-Ukrainian Cooperation on Organic Agriculture" visited two organic farms in the west of Kyiv / 560,000 euros donation were collected / this helped 170 organic farms throughout Ukraine.

From January 1, 2022, the new Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU No. 2018/848 on organic production and labeling of organic products entered into force in the countries of the European Union.

The project German-Ukrainian Cooperation Organic Agriculture (COA), implemented by AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants GmbH, Germany, participated in one of the world's leading trade fairs for organic food, BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany, from July 26-29, 2022.

The full-scale invasion became a big challenge for organic producers in Ukraine: not few of the farms were for some weeks under Russian occupation, and some are still under Russian occupation today.

Organic farming in Ukraine is characterized by many committed, active associations, more than 400 organic farms and its own law.

At the end of July 2022, the world's largest trade fair for organic products will take place in Nuremberg. Within the framework of this fair, a large congress with numerous lectures will also take place on several days. Within the framework of this congress, the project “German-Ukrainian Cooperation on Organic Agriculture” will hold a 90-minute event on 27 July 2022 on the topic "Organic farming in Ukraine 5 months after the beginning of the war - status quo and outlook".

Shortly after the outbreak of war on 02/24/22, the COA project initiated a fundraising campaign with the Future Foundation for Agriculture to provide the necessary support for the organic farms, which continue to farm under difficult conditions and produce organic food.

War has been raging in Ukraine since 24 February. Since then, COA's main focus has been on securing the team and the staff of the partner organisations. Despite the war, it was possible to maintain permanent contact with all colleagues in the partner institutions. Every day we have an online meeting with all the German projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the staff in and outside Ukraine. 

On Feb 9 and 10, the project „German-Ukrainian cooperation in organic agriculture“ (COA) implemented a virtual study tour. The training was specifically designed for representatives of the competent authorities who are in charge of controlling organic operators and of monitoring the work of the inspectors in Ukraine. The intensive and varied event included a balanced mix of presentations, videos and time for questions and answers. It was designed to show similarities as well as to point out differences between the Ukrainian system and the one in the EU / Germany. The COA team leader Dr. Stefan Dreesmann, who used to lead a competent authority with controlling tasks related to the organic sector, was supported by the international experts Elisabeth Rüegg and Dirk Scholz.

On 12.01.2022 the first examinations for the future inspectors according to the Ukrainian Law on Organic Agriculture took place. 22 participants took part in the examination. All participants passed the exam. "This is another milestone on the way to the full implementation of the Ukrainian Organic Agriculture Law", says Dr Stefan Dreesmann, head of the project "German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture". " We congratulate all those who contributed to it with this important step," Dr Dreesmann continued. Previously, COA had proposed a list of questions to the responsible Ministry of Economy (MinEcon) for the tests.

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