The development of the organic sector within Ukraine is of upmost importance to not only safeguard Ukraine’s abundant natural resources but also to stimulate income generation and the competitiveness especially of rural areas of Ukraine, where agriculture remains the main pillar of local development. With this aim, the Swiss government has been supporting the development of the organic sector in Ukraine since 2003. The current project phase (2012 – 2016), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is being implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), in cooperation with the stakeholders of the organic sector and the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine. Also the first Ukrainian country pavilion at the Biofach 2014 is being supported through this project, thus complementing efforts from the side of organic producers to promote organic exports from Ukraine.
For more information on the Swiss-Ukrainian project, please visit the website. For more information on the nine Ukrainian exhibitors at the country pavilion in hall 5, booth 161.
The FiBL “Development and cooperation” Division runs numerous projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southern and Eastern Europe, focussing on: Our experts provide services in the following areas.
Sustainable production systems Crucial to organic farming methods are the promotion of soil fertility and biodiversity and sustainable land use based on locally adapted cultivation techniques. The development of such techniques presents a major challenge for many producers in developing countries. In the tropics and sub-tropics there has as yet been very little research into practical solutions for organic agriculture and the integrated application of its principles. The priority areas of our projects are the evaluation and development of locally adapted technologies, and exploration of the contribution of organic farming to food security, environmental conservation and sustainable development. The projects focus on practice-oriented on-farm research.
Climate and resources The tropics and sub-tropics are greatly affected by global warming, in particular because of their greater dependence on irrigation, the soil’s lower buffer capacity and frequent lack of access to resource-saving technologies. On the international market, climate-neutral products are playing a more and more important role. People look to agriculture to provide renewable energy and agricultural fuels – which are often labelled, completely inappropriately, as “biofuels”. Most of these energy products produce fuel from agricultural crops and compete with food for people. FiBL develops methods, evaluates value chains and researches genuine “biofuels” from the farm.
Market development The demand for organic products is growing unabated all over the world. Local markets are emerging even in poorer developing countries. The market potential of organic agriculture offers attractive development opportunities for producers and exporters from developing and transition countries. The organic market requires a great deal of attention and specialist knowledge. Anyone who aims to market organic products successfully must develop strategies for quality, regionality and fair trade and have knowledge of the potential of the organic market and of access conditions. Priorities of the projects in developing countries are the development of value chains and market initiatives, market research, development of regional and international marketing strategies, linking of demand and supply, quality management, and preparation for label recognition and certification.
Certification, standards and agricultural policy Organic certification is the key to market access, but for small farmers in developing countries it presents a major challenge. International certification procedures are unaffordable for small farmers. Two alternatives are being implemented in various FiBL projects, primarily in eastern Europe and Asia; these involve the setting up of internal monitoring systems and the development of local certification programmes.
Training and extension Organic agriculture is knowledge-intensive at every stage. Suitably prepared and efficiently distributed information is essential for producers, processors, trading companies, teachers, advisors, researchers and official bodies. FiBL supports training and advisory organizations, research institutions, NGOs and other service providers in developing countries. Activities include collating, editing, distributing and networking specialist knowledge, experience and research results, developing education and advisory tools, materials and documentation such as manuals, data sheets and Internet platforms, developing teaching plans and training teachers, setting up competence centres and advisory services, the direct provision of services such as conversion planning, and the provision of advice on specialist areas of organic farming.
The FiBL-Shop contains publications on different topics related to organic agriculture in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Most of the black-and-white publications are available for download free of charge. In addition, we offer a series of data sheets in colour which are available for download at a charge. We hope you enjoy using our catalogue!.
We offer publications to the following thematic categories:
Basics, Training (78 publications)
Conversion, Standards, Inputs, Addresses (72)
Feed crops, Arable cropping (64)
Vegetable cropping, Herb cultivation, Ornamentals (59)