Taras Kachka: We promote Ukraine abroad as a country that can fill the whole world with grain and oil

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The United Nations are globally convening Food System Dialogues to shape national pathways towards the development of sustainable Food Systems, by 2030. The Food Systems Summit Dialogues are convened by Member States through the organization of “national dialogues” aiming to strengthening the dialogue among diverse stakeholders on key challenges and innovative solutions to make our food systems more sustainable. In Ukraine, the national discussions should result in a clear roadmap and an action plan for sustainable food systems as well as expressions of intention to support these pathways from a broad range of stakeholders, to be presented by the President of Ukraine at the UN Food Systems Summit which will take place in September 2021.

The issues of transformation and development of Ukrainian Food Systems, the role of the Ukrainian agricultural sector in supporting global food security, and approaches of government and business to the UN Sustainable Development Goals were discussed during the first panel discussion “Food System: Ukrainian Context”, held this week under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), within the 33rd International Agro-industrial Exhibition “AGRO-2021”. The discussions set the pace to the first round of dialogues about Food Systems transformation, in preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.The main goals of Ukraine’s Food Systems transformation focus on three priority areas such as healthy nutrition, smart Green Deal for Ukraine and diverse food availability for all, to ensure access to healthy diets, promotion of green finance instruments for the transformation of food systems, development of value chains, post-pandemic recovery of HoReCa, strengthening of the internal market and export promotion.

“The formation of the food system is influenced by a number of factors of sustainable development, such as social, political, economic and environmental. They determine access to food, which in turn is based on Ukraine’s domestic security and export potential,” said Taras Vysotsky, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

“Among the UN Sustainable Development Goals, at least 5 relate to food systems: from eradicating hunger to climate change. The ideology of shaping our food policy in terms of food systems is to make ourselves understood by the world, and to perceive any challenges we face not as a threat but as an opportunity,” added Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine, Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka. “We promote Ukraine abroad as a country that can fill everyone with grain and fill the whole world with oil. We must present ourselves not in terms of competition, but in terms of cooperation, working together to ensure access to food for future generations.”

Building a balanced Food System in Ukraine and identifying national vectors for its development is a priority for maintaining the status of a guarantor of global food security. FAO is supporting Ukraine with the development of inclusive, competitive, and sustainable value-chain production, access to international markets, climate change mitigation in food systems, as well as animal health and food safety.

The speakers considered the importance and irreversibility of the transformation of Ukrainian Food Systems and welcomed the beginning of nationwide discussions on the ways and instruments of Food Systems transformation.

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