Advising Ukraine on Agricultural Trade Issues -within the Framework of the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA)


Project objective is to enable Ukrainian agricultural and food companies in terms of their capacities to identify European export markets, enter them, consolidate and grow in them and to prepare to open their own markets. Furthermore, the project aims at informing German companies on agricultural trade issues with Ukraine.

The project activities are to lead to the following results:

1. Policy dialogue on the subject of agricultural trade as part of the DCFTA has been strengthened

2. Sensitisation for and understanding of agricultural trade issues within the framework of the DCFTA have been improved

3. Information on the subject of agricultural trade within the framework of the DCFTA have been prepared/analysed for interested institutions in Germany (for example corporate associations)

4. Action has been taken to enable the Ukrainian agricultural and food industry to export

5. Services have been provided for corporate developent to improve the export capability in the agricultural sector


1. The primary target groups comprise

-Ukrainian Ministry for Agricultural Policy and Food (MoAPF)

-Ukrainian agricultural producers/processors/dealers who already export or would like to export in the future.

2. The secondary target groups comprise

- other Ukrainian state and/or private organisations and associations that deal with the DCFTA in general and in particular provide support for exporters;

- Ukrainian economic service providers and economic promotion organisations;

- German companies and consumers who benefit from the greater range and scope of agricultural produce and food imported from Ukraine.


The project implementation is based on a participatory approach. In the decision-making processes the initial aim is to create conceptual drafts and ideas which are developed in detail by the various levels involved in the decision-making process. This will enable the national project partners to identify more closely with the project. The proposals resulting from this process will be discussed at a political level.

During the inception phase (01-03/2016), the project will conduct two studies of utmost importance:

i) A detailed market analysis, which will reveal the most promising products and Western European markets including niche products with high export potential (for example organic products, GMO-free soy beans and other pulses, fresh fruits and vegetables, flax, sorghum, mustard seeds, baking ingredients, berries). Excluded from the analysis are animal products, conventionally produced cereals and oil seeds other than soy beans. The results of the survey will be the basis for export support measures such as seminars and trainings for Ukrainian export managers, study tours for Ukrainian producers and processors to Germany and other European countries and fair participations.

ii) A gap analysis, which will identify potentials for improvement at MoAPF both in terms of theoretical guidelines and regulations and in the practical implementation of strategies to promote trade and export. Special attention must be paid to the international integration departments in matters of technical regulation and sanitary and phytosanitary standards, nutrition and international cooperation. It is important for this that the partners' objectives are defined together and that they are then compared to the current status. It will then be possible to develop and implement appropriate methods and strategies (including the establishment of a help desk for export matters) on the basis of the results.

The project cooperates with numerous German associations and institutions which will support the dissemination of information on opportunities on the Ukrainian market.

The project will closely cooperate with other on-going projects in Ukraine, especially the ones funded by BMEL, in order to make use of synergistic effects. The project duration is 36 months (01/2016-12/2018).


Political partner in Germany is the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Political partner in Ukraine is the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine (MoAPF). Operative partners are MoAPF (for help desk) and selected Ukrainian research institutes.


The project is implemented by AFC Consultants International and IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH in collaboration with Humboldt University Berlin.

For further information, please contact:


Stefanie Maak, Project manager in Germany
Теl.: +49 -228-98 57 9-59, Mоb.: +49 -15 77-54 07 5-59
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AFC Consultants International GmbH,
Dottendorfer Str. 82, 53129 Bonn, Germany
André Pilling, Team leader in Ukraine
Теl.: +38 068 38 15 680; +49 176 2378 2291

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01601 Kyiv, Ukraine
vul. Velyka Zhytomyrska 33, room 609


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