31 May

Ukrainian Agribusiness Forum in the Netherlands



With official support of the Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands

Ukraine and the Netherlands are close partners in the agricultural sector, as is reflected in their levels of bilateral trade. The Netherlands are the world’s 2nd largest exporter of agricultural products and technology and the government has declared the agrifood sector to be a priority focus with a strong emphasis on innovative, sustainable technologies.

In turn, Ukraine is a global leader in agricultural production and is a leading global exporter of grains, vegetable oils and oilseeds, amongst others. In 2017 Ukrainian agricultural exports to the EU increased by 18.4% and the Netherlands were the no. 1 importer.

It is clear that the relationship is set to grow further and indeed there is much scope to increase cooperation in technology exchange and implementing best practice.

Therefore, building upon the success of our Agribusiness Forum in Kyiv in November, we are pleased to convene the Ukrainian Agribusiness Forum in the Netherlands, with the full official support of the Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands.

At the Forum you will hear from and meet with:

  • Senior Ukrainian and Dutch government officials responsible for developing international trade and cooperation in the agricultural sector;
  • Top executives of Ukraine’s leading agricultural groups (including both domestic and international investors), who will outline their development strategies, investment programmes and export activities;
  • Leading Dutch agrarian experts, analysts and financiers, who will share their views on how Ukraine can further cement its position as a global agricultural player


  • Session 1: Ukraine’s Position As A Key Player And Partner On Global Agricultural Markets

    • Charting the positive trade dynamics between Ukraine and the EU, in particular, the Netherlands. How to maintain the momentum
    • Moving towards the production and export of greater value-added products
    • Who will drive the further growth and development of Ukrainian agriculture - small family farms or large vertically-integrated ones? The experience of the EU
    • Land market reform - possible outcomes and timescales and the potential impact on the investment programmes of leading agrarian players
    • Channelling investment into cutting-edge technologies to ensure Ukraine strengthens its global market positions
    • Preliminary results of the 2017 / 2018 marketing year – what conclusions can be drawn?
    • The outlook for Ukrainian meat produce to gain access to EU markets
  • Session 2: Case Studies Of Implementing The Latest Innovations, Technologies And Techniques In The Ukrainian Agrarian Sector

    • How Ukraine has been taking advantage of Dutch expertise in the field of agrifood innovations. Examples of technology exchange and cooperation
    • Implementing best in class business processes and technologies to raise productivity and efficiency
    • Applying the latest global technologies and techniques in order to increase yields
    • Switching to value-added production and developing vertically integrated value chains
    • Case studies of innovative agtech investments from leading Ukrainian agriholdings. Investing in  innovation and R&D capabilities
  • Session 3: Identifying The Availability Of Finance And Investment For Ukrainian Agribusiness And Where It Can Add The Greatest Value

    • The availability of financing – the role of the IFIs and also the Netherlands as a reliable source of agricultural financing
    • Where is investment most needed in the value chain: spotlight on logistics and infrastructure
    • The availability of finance to support investment in the latest technologies and machinery. Which financing instruments are most appropriate at present?
    • What are the most attractive assets to invest in: port terminals, silos, elevators and storage facilities, processing and crushing plants, cold storage, rolling stock, irrigation, river transport
    • The growth of activity by international investment funds buying stakes in Ukrainian agricultural companies. What are the key fundamentals driving investor interest?
    • Advantages to be gained by setting up a Dutch registered entity – case studies to date
  • Session 4: Roundtable Debate - Discussing The Key Challenges For The Ukrainian Agrarian Sector As It Evolves And Proposing Solutions

    • As election campaign season approaches, will any progress be made in the great land reform debate?
    • Can the collateralisation of leased land unlock and protect investment in agriculture?
    • What can be done to remove the bottlenecks in logistics and infrastructure to stimulate growth in production and export?
    • Developing world class higher education to attract the next generation of agrarians. Learning from Dutch experience
    • Identifying promises sub-sectors to invest in: AgTech, smart farming, green tourism, organic agriculture


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