The summary of the Online Briefing on the Food security in Ukraine and the impact of the pandemic
On Friday, October 16, an online briefing "Let's grow, feed, support, together. Our actions are our future ”, was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Ukrainian Business and Trade Association and AGROPORT Ukraine, on the occasion of World Food Day and 75th anniversary of FAO.
The discussion raised issues related to Ukraine's food potential and the role of FAO and the UN in this; ensuring unimpeded access of Ukrainian exporters of the agricultural sector and food products to the priority market of the European Union; maintaining Ukraine's status as a reliable supplier of quality food, which corresponds to the international trade requirements; the impact of the pandemic on the transition to innovative technologies of production.
Speaking about the role and contribution of FAO as an international partner that helps and supports the development of Ukraine's progressive potential, experts noted that Ukraine, which already "feeds" about 150 million people in the world, can increase this figure at least twice.
As Taras Vysotsky, Deputy Minister of Economic, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, noted: “Ukraine can feed 300 million people in the world. This requires the integration of world technologies into production, investment and integration of production results in international supply chains, ensuring the most neutral impact on the environment and high quality of products. These three components are possible only with the integration of best practices on a global scale. And FAO is helping us with that. ”
Vladislava Rutytska-Magaletska, the newly appointed Head of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, also thanked FAO and for their assistance. According to her, Ukraine already exports to more than 156 countries, and the state regulator makes every effort to ensure the quality of Ukrainian products at the global level in terms of safety, quality and international trade. "Compliance with all safety principles should become our main principle both in the domestic and in the foreign markets. Food is more than commodity, but our task is to create the image of an exporter of products that add value."
Speaking about the long-term challenges of international trade that await Ukrainian producers and exporters, Nazar Bobitski, head of the Brussels office of the Ukrainian Business and Trade Association (UBTA), draws attention to the potential risks associated with the implementation of the EU Green Deal, From Farm to Fork strategy and stressed the importance of joining forces and dialogues in this direction: “Now we can think more than ever about close dialogue and interaction with business and exporters, regulators, authorities and partnerships with global international organizations such as the United Nations."
Mykhailo Malkov, FAO Government and Donor Liaison Officer in Ukraine, spoke about the pandemic challenges currently facing the UN and FAO and recalled the 2021 International Food Summit. Аmong the issues is the reduction of food waste, which amounts almost 20%. "COVID-19 has also raised the safety of people involved in production during the pandemic. The way out of this can be the establishment and transformation of food systems and their installation on more sustainanle rails.
FAO representatives also noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine reaffirmed its status as a reliable international partner, adhering to all its commitments to regular food supplies.
The video of the event is awailable via the link: