The 2nd annual Ukrainian Agribusiness Forum - Strategy Council
28 November

The 2nd annual Ukrainian Agribusiness Forum

Kyiv, Hilton Hotel



Our team has been organising annual conferences serving the Ukrainian agribusiness community and its international partners for 10 years. In a competitive marketplace, our events stand out and have developed a strong core following due to the diversity, seniority and international nature of attendees and to the open and constructive dialogue that they encourage.

Our flagship annual Agribusiness Forum in Kyiv each Autumn has firmly established itself as a key date in the Ukrainian agribusiness calendar with such influential partners as the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation, Credit Agricole, the Rada Agrarian Committee, IFC, Evris Law Firm, EBRD, US-Ukraine Business Council and the Ukrainian Grain Association. The efficient and productive 1-day format manages to cover the widest spectre of topics, including financing and investment, innovations & agtech, new export markets, agriholdings’ corporate strategies and logistics and infrastructure.

A new and exciting addition to the portfolio was the Ukrainian Agro-Industrial & Food Forum, which took place at the end of May 2018 in Amsterdam, in partnership with the Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands and the Ukrainian Dutch Joint Business Council with its Co-Chairs, Oleksiy Pavlenko and Hans De Boer, and supported by ING, FMO, Evris Law Firm, Immer Group, Credendo and Kyivstar.

The Forum highlighted the synergies that exist between the 2 leading global agrifood exporters and innovators and a huge number of invaluable business contacts were made in the course of the event. We look forward to reconvening in Holland for the 2019 Forum.

Our attendees:

Agrarian Fund of Ukraine | Agrarian System Technologies | AgriCom Group | AgriPersonnel | Agrofusion | Agroxy | Al Ghurair Resources | Allseeds Group | AM UK Management | Amadeus Marine | Aon Commodity Trade | Astarta-Kyiv | Beck-Impex | BT Ukraine | Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine | Canadian Cooperative Grain Project | Capital Times Investment Co | Cargill | Charterhouse Corporate Partners | Citibank | COFCO Agri | Concorde Capital | Continental Farmers | Credendo | Credit Agricole | Cygnet Agro Company | Delta Wilmar CIS | Demidyvskiy Canning Factory | Dutch Sustainable Development | Dutch-Ukrainian Dairy Centre | EBRD | ED&F Man | Eridon | Eurofins Agro | E van Wijk Group | EY | FMO | FoodTechLink | FoodVentures | GD Animal Health | Glencore | Grain Alliance | Graterra | Harveast | Hendrix Genetics | IFC | Ikarai | IMC | Immer Group | ING | Ingredients Brokers Int’l | Kernel | Kinay Group | Kubo | Kyiv-Atlantic | Kyivstar | Landlord | Larive | Limagrain | MHP | Ministry of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine | Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality of NL | Mriya Agroholding | Nibulon | Nofalab | Pology Oil Extraction Plant | PwC | Rijk Zwaan | Royal Agrifirm Group | Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Company | SG S | SigmaBleyzer | Svarog West Group | Terra Foods | Theeuwes Holding | Titan Machinery | Tradinorganic Agriculture | Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation | UkrAgroCom | Ukrainian Grain Association | Ukrainian Meat Association | UMG Investments | VEON | Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine | VolWest Group | VV Kischenzi Agriculture

What our attendees had to say:


“Thank you for the great forum – it has been of great value for our company”

Robin Baas, Co-owner & Managing Director, Ingredients Brokers International


“The event was amazing!”

Valentina Demkina, Business Development & Relationship Manager, Nibulon Trading


“Very much obliged for the high level of organisation and support from your side”

Liubomyr Cheban, Head, Division for International Business, Agrarian Fund of Ukraine


“Thanks for the great event. It was a pleasure to participate in this high-end event”

Dirk Aleven, Partner, FoodVentures


“Thanks for hosting a good day and event”

Martin Numan, Director, E.van Wijk Logistics Poland & Ukraine


“The event was informative and useful. You gathered the best specialists in agribusiness”

Andriy Gryshchenko, Senior Trader, Pology Oil Extraction Plant


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  • 08:30   Registration

  • 09:30   Session 1: Government And Industry Dialogue On How To Strengthen Ukraine’s position as a leading global exporter

    • How to build Ukraine’s share in the global agricultural export market
    • Creating food chains: moving from commodities to greater value-added, processed products
    • The macroeconomic outlook for Ukraine and its significance for the agro-industrial sector
    • Growing and diversifying exports – new markets, new (value-added) products and new participants and stakeholders
    • Implementing EU standards of food safety and quality
    • Preliminary results from 2018 and what does 2019 hold
    • Improvements to the regulatory environment
  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Spotlight On Investment And Financing Instruments – What Tools Are Available And Where Are They Most Required

    • Investing in logistics and infrastructure – focus on storage capacity, inland logistics and river transport
    • The impact of the nationwide crop receipts roll-out for farming communities
    • Latest financing tools and the availability of finance to support investment in the latest technologies and machinery
    • The growth of activity by international investment funds buying stakes in Ukrainian agricultural companies. What are the key fundamentals driving investor interest?
    • Charting the growth of the leasing of agricultural equipment


  • 13:00   Lunch

  • 14:15   Session 3: Case Studies Of Innovation And The Implementation Of The Latest Technologies By The Leading Agro-Industrial Groups

    • An overview of successful and innovative agtech pilot projects with the big agricultural companies
    • What will be the next wave of emerging technologies that are most applicable for Ukrainian agriculture?
    • Accessing new markets: working with international retailers on private label lines
    • Implementing best in class business processes and technologies to raise productivity, efficiency and yields
    • Switching to value-added production and developing vertically integrated value chains
    • How best to manage market risk in the current environment
    • Case studies of the implementation and growth of precision farming in Ukraine


  • 15:45   Afternoon refreshments

  • 16:15   Session 4: Roundtable Discussion: Identifying New Opportunities For Ukrainian Producers And Exporters

    • Opportunities in organic farming and niche crop production
    • Honey as an example of how Ukrainian producers and exporters can global market-leading positions
    • Appraising attractive areas for investment: modernising irrigation systems; developing inland waterway logistics; the processing industry and products with high added value; seed industry and selection; biofuels production; innovations in horticulture
    • Harmonising Ukrainian legislation for organic agriculture with EU standards and creating an open register and database of organic producers


  • 17:45   Evening reception


Oleksiy Pavlenko

Director, Agro-Industrial Development Programme, Ukrainian Institute for the Future / Former Minister of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

Olga Trofimtseva

Deputy Minister for European integration |
Ministry of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

Jean-Paul Piotrowski

Chairman of the Board | Credit Agricole Bank

Nikolay Gorbachov

President | Ukrainian Grain Association

Colin Galbraith

Managing Director | Green Team Ltd

Taras Barschovskyy

Founder |
T.B. Fruit Group

Viktor Gladkiy

Chief Financial Officer | Astarta-Kyiv

Ton Huls

Chief Financial Officer | Mriya Agro Holding

Larysa Bondarieva

Member of the Management Board, Corporate & SME |
Credit Agricole Bank

Petro Melnyk

Chief Executive Officer | Agricom Group

Dmytro Los

Advisor to the CEO |

Kateryna Rybachenko

Chief Executive Officer | Agro-Region

John Shmorhun

Chief Executive Officer | AgroGeneration

Leonid Kozachenko

Member, Committee for Agrarian Policy & Land Relations |
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Yulia Poroshenko

Founder |


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