An agricultural cooperation agreement was signed between the two countries to empower Ukrainian small and medium farmers within the framework of the Horticulture Business Development Project. Mr. Ilan Fluss (right) and Mr. Stephen Wright sign the MOU. Standing left to right: Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk; Ukraine’s Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Oleksiy Pavlenko; Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine Eliab Byelotserkovski
The project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of small and medium entrepreneurs in the areas of horticulture growing, storage and marketing of agricultural products as well as at introducing new agricultural technologies. The implementing partners are MASHAV and MEDA – The Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada.
The agreement was signed in Kiev (Feb. 23) in the presence of Ukraine’s Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mr. Oleksiy Pavlenko, by Mr. Ilan Fluss, Deputy Head of MASHAV and Director of International Development Projects; and Mr. Stephen Wright, Project Manager of the Ukraine Horticultural Business Development Project.
The project covers over 30,000 small and medium farming entrepreneurs in four regions of Ukraine: Zaporizhya, Mikolayev, Odessa, and Kherson.
Within this framework, MASHAV will provide technical assistance in alliance with the project’s strategies of improving productivity and profitability to horticulture growers, including the development of curriculum of local agriculture institutes with the aim of preparing students for careers in Ukrainian agriculture markets.