Grain Storage and Marketing - Ukraine
Grain Storage and Marketing Ukraine
- Term: 5 Years
- Budget: 12.6 Million
- Direct Beneficiaries: 1,600
- Indirect Beneficiaries: 8,000
- Implementation Partners: SOCODEVI, IRECUS, DAAS, Gospodar
- Financial Partners: GAC, Regional Administration of Dnepropetrovsk, Dnepropetrovsk State Agrarian and Economic University, National University of Life Sciences and Environment of Ukraine
"Seeing co-operatives in action here in Canada helps strengthen our belief in the future success of the two grain co-ops and the entire co-operative movement in Ukraine." That was Sergii Kurdystskyi’s takeaway from his mission to Canada this year. The trip enabled a delegation of Ukrainian farmers to kick the tires on agricultural co-ops in Quebec and Ontario. It's all part of a week of discovery as they saw how the co-op approach could benefit their grain enterprises in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
CDF Canada’s project in Ukraine is addressing constraints faced by small and medium grain farmers through the establishment of co-operative storage, marketing and handling of grain, to improve their market conditions and increase market activities.
"Seeing co-operatives in action here in Canada helps strengthen our belief in the future success of the two grain co-ops and the entire co-operative movement in Ukraine."
By providing technical assistance in organizing producers into agricultural service co-operatives, CDF Canada and its partners are enabling co-op members to make purchases of quality inputs in groups, negotiate favorable credit conditions for production, establish a structure purchasing and sharing of tractors and machinery and have access to counselling expertise.
Also, the producers organized in co-operatives are able to access funding for the construction of storage facilities and processing of grain that adds value to their crops and increases profits. Training and guidance is provided on the main issues related to starting a grain elevator: grain classification, use and maintenance of equipment, health and safety at work, negotiation and marketing, transportation and logistics, etc.
In addition, the project works with two Ukrainian universities to update teachings on the management and administration of agricultural service co-operatives. A training program for Ukrainian trainers is further developing knowledge of co-operative management. This enables young trained professionals to contribute to the development of the national co-operative movement.