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International Conference Ukraine

16 November 2022, 10:00 - 12:30 (CET), Convention Center, Room 3B

"The struggle for existence of Ukrainian livestock farming" - What are the dramatic consequences of the Russian war of aggression on livestock farming in Ukraine? How can a sustainable reconstruction succeed?

Whether it is the procurement of inputs, agricultural and animal technology or exports of agricultural goods, Ukraine is an important trading partner on the world agricultural markets. This also applies to trade in products of animal origin. For example, until recently Ukraine was one of the three largest exporters of poultry meat to Germany. Ukraine is also a major exporter of dairy products to Poland, Moldova and Lithuania. If necessary, also provide information on the importance of livestock farming in the UKR in terms of value creation/jobs, etc.

The war in Ukraine has serious consequences for livestock farming. These are linked to the partially destroyed production and logistics infrastructure, the more difficult access to means of production, the limited availability of labour and the direct conduct of hostilities on the territory of individual companies. Humans are suffering and the animals themselves have become victims of the war. Preliminary estimates indicate that 15-20% of cattle, pig and poultry stocks have already been lost during the war. In this situation, farms struggling to survive are forced to reorient themselves.

The reconstruction of livestock farming requires considerable efforts. The demand is particularly high for milk and pork.

During the event, high-ranking representatives from Ukraine's agricultural policy and agricultural industry will provide information on the development of livestock farming in times of crisis and the need for reconstruction. They will also present their proposals for deepening economic cooperation with Germany and the EU so that reconstruction can succeed. Accordingly, the challenges and opportunities for livestock farming in Ukraine resulting from further rapprochement with the EU will play an important role in the discussion. It will also be necessary to consider how sustainable, environmentally friendly livestock farming, in which animal welfare also plays an important role, can be considered and implemented from the outset during reconstruction in the sense of a sustainable food system.

The organisers are the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue and DLG e.V.

The German-Ukrainian Dialogue project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and implemented through the mandatary GFA Consulting Group GmbH and a consortium consisting of IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) and AFC Consultants International GmbH. The project executing agency is National Association of Agricultural Extension Services of Ukraine DORADA.

Welcome Addresses
  • René Döbelt, Member of the Board and Vice President DLG e.V.
  • Ophelia Nick, Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (Germany)
  • Taras Vysotskyi, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Keynote Presentations
  • Olena Dadus, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (department of animal husbandry)
  • Josef Efken, Institute of Market Analysis, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
  • „Perspectives for reconstruction of animal husbandry sector in Ukraine – future strategies in the context of European integration“
Panel Discussion
  • Olena Dadus, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (department of animal husbandry)
  • Julia Kostynska, State Service for Consumer Protection of Ukraine
  • Josef Efken, Institute of Market Analysis, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
  • Erik Guttulsröd, Bereichsleiter Betriebsführung und Nachhaltigkeit, Fachzentrum Landwirtschaft, DLG e.V.
  • Maksym Gopka, Analyst of Agricultural Markets, Association Ukrainian Club of Agribusiness
  • Andrey Dykun, President Ukrainian Agri Council, UNAF member
  • Victor Sheremeta, Association of Small Farmers, Farmer
  • Mariya Yaroshko, Project Lead APD