Background: Ukraine’s agriculture sector
- Third-largest economic sector
- Provides 20% of country’s employment
- Small and medium farms produce majority of fruits and vegetables, yet remain disconnected from markets and isolated from supply chains
MEDA’s seven-year Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project, which started in 2014, is providing the tools, training and opportunity people need to grow their businesses. Farmers can create a sustainable small-scale operation through access to finance to invest in their operation, and training on better agricultural practices from local agricultural training institutes.
Environmental Innovation Competitive Matching Grants
Now, competitive matching grants for environmental innovation will support innovative environmental solutions that demonstrate value to horticulture farm production. While the awards are targeted at registered commercial farmers, and small-medium enterprises serving horticulture industry in the region, they will also and help the project team determine future action on environmental issues.
Applicants can apply for grants valued up to US $50,000, with a 1:1 counterpart contribution required by the applicant. Submission are scored for their environmental sustainability and innovation; value and impact; management capacity for assessing, designing, and implementing environmental solutions; profitability, and implementation plan.
First grants awarded
The first three grants awarded included proposals for:
- Recycling wood chips for making compost and biochar
- Using technology for growing organic berries
- Adoption of a rapid composting technique to enhance fruit and vegetable growth
How does it achieve the objective?
- By promoting, adopting and improving environmental products, services, and practices
- Solution must be testable, replicable and scalable