31st May 2018

Ukrainian Agro-Industrial & Food Forum

Amsterdam, Barbizon Palace Hotel


Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister for European Integration at the Ministry of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine, is preparing to share with attendees the latest positive trading volumes between Ukraine and the EU, in particular the Netherlands, and will outline key growth segments.

Oleksii Vadaturskyy, Founder & CEO of Nibulon, confirms his participation and will outline how the company is working with its financing partners to expand its development of Ukraine’s inland waterways and the transportation of grain and other agricultural products.

Hans De Boer, President of the VNO-NCW, the Dutch employers' association, confirms his participation. One of the most influential figures in the Dutch business community, Hans De Boer is also Co-Head of the Ukrainian Dutch Joint Business Council together with Oleksiy Pavlenko.



H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Olga Trofimtseva

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

Hans De Boer

President, VNO-NCW / Co-Chairman | Ukrainian-Dutch Joint Business Council

Oleksiy Pavlenko

Co-Chairman | Ukrainian-Dutch Joint Business Council / Former Minister of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

Reinier Douque

Regional Head, Agribusiness, Food & Water | FMO

Pieternel Boogaard

Managing Director, Head of Food & Agri Europe | ING

Oleksiy Vadaturskyy

Chief Executive Officer | NIBULON

Viktor Gladkiy

Chief Financial Officer | Astarta-Kyiv

Rene Kremers

Managing Director | Difco International

Sergiy Benedysiuk

Head of Corporate and M&A | Evris Law Firm

Dirk Aleven

Chief Executive Officer | FoodVentures

Jason Pellmar

Regional Manager, Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova | International Finance Corporation

Irina Mirochnik

President |

Wojtek Boniaszczuk

Regional Head of Agribusiness | EBRD

Dmytro Los

Advisor to the CEO | MHP

Ton Huls

Chief Financial Officer |
Mriya Agroholding

Olga Rybachuk

Chief Financial Officer |
Delta Wilmar CIS

Eugene Krazhan

B2B Director |


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Applying the latest technology and expertise to move further up the agri-food value chain

Recent feedback about the event:

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 Agro-Industrial & Food Forum, 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: How To Develop Ukraine’s Position As A Key Player And Partner On Global Agri-Food 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
    • Applying Dutch expertise and technology to move Ukrainian exports of food products further up the value chain
    • Who will drive the further growth and development of Ukrainian agriculture - small family farms or large vertically-integrated ones? The experience of the EU
    • 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?
    • Opportunities for Ukrainian exporters of agri-food products to supply major European retail chains
  • Session 2: Case Studies Of Implementing The Latest Innovations, Technologies And Techniques In The Ukrainian Agro-Industrial 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
    • Sustainability and vertically integrated production in the Ukrainian agro-industrial sector: successful case studies
    • Case studies of the implementation and growth of precision farming in Ukraine and its impact on yields
    • Case studies of innovative Agtech investments from leading Ukrainian agriholdings. Investing in innovation and R&D capabilities
  • Session 3: The Availability Of Finance And Investment For The Ukrainian Agro-Industrial Sector And Where It Can Add The Greatest Value

    • 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
    • Expanding the role of river transportation of agricultural commodities in Ukraine. Lessons from the Netherlands
    • 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 And Opportunities For The Ukrainian Agri-Food Sector As It Evolves 

    • Land market reform - possible outcomes and timescales and the potential impact on the investment programmes of leading agrarian players
    • Crop receipts: is the nationwide roll-out of the scheme providing better access to finance for smaller-scale farmers?
    • 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, fruit and berries, horticultural innovations
    • What is required to make the dairy sector more profitable? The outlook for Ukrainian meat produce to gain access to EU markets