Fall 2021 Impact Report – UHBDP

Ukraine Horticultural Business Development Project

Through your generous support, we are empowering and providing farmers and entrepreneurs with the tools and training needed to find success in business.

Drought, heavy rains, thunderstorms, pests and political turbulence are just a few of the challenges
that Ukrainian farmers and business owners experience, which hinders them from running and creating
prosperous farms and businesses. Your support ensures that they can succeed despite these obstacles.
Here is a glimpse into how, through your generosity, hardworking farmers and entrepreneurs in Ukraine
have defied the odds and adapted.

Through the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP), you are enabling businesspeople
and farmers to access sales markets and finance, use environmentally friendly technology, and access
business training that will increase their incomes, produce higher yields, and lessen the negative impact on
the planet. You are also strengthening agricultural small medium enterprises (SMEs), especially women led
SMEs, to spur market expansion. And through your support, you promoted business alliances and supply
chain logistics between SMEs to ensure that businesses can efficiently get their products to market

Through your support, we are creating better futures ensuring that:

Farmers can gain more environmentally sustainable farming and business techniques.

Businesses can use grants and finance to buy equipment to make their businesses more efficient
and more eco-friendly.

College educated men and women can learn skills that are industry relevant and in demand.

Cooperatives receive training on governance, best management practices, gender, and environment.

Banks can receive gender and environmental due diligence training for loan applicants.

Achieving their goals on their own terms

Viktor and Natalia’s story

Viktor and Natalia Dranitsyn had big plans for their small farm in Zaporizhia region, Ukraine. They aspired to create a successful vegetable selling business but lacked the experience and the financial means to turn their dream into a reality. They also needed to find a way to work without leaving their home as they both live with disabilities. After attending the UHBDP training, Natalia was inspired, especially when she saw that other people with disabilities were pursuing similar ventures.

The couple wanted to plant more crops in their greenhouse but were limited by its size and could not afford to buy a larger one. Through the UHBDP program, the Dranitsyns received a grant to purchase a more modern greenhouse with wood heating, ventilation, lighting, and backlighting. The new technology made it easier to grow and harvest vegetables, especially for a couple with mobility challenges.

…. We have a household plot of 0.05 hectares [.12 acres]. We specialize in growing tomatoes, greens, and seedlings. We have searched for and studied modern technologies in growing vegetables not only to increase profitability, but also to
preserve environment and restore land fertility. Therefore, the assistance provided by the UHBDP is an investment for development of our family business and for facilitating working conditions for us,” Victor said.

They also invested in bio-compost to improve soil fertility. After only a few days, Viktor and
Natalia noticed a tremendous difference: the plants became healthier and stronger. As a
result, the farmers could increase their farmlands’ soil fertility and grow 40% more crops
than in previous months. In the future, the Dranitsyns aspire to start a green tourism business and showcase the beauty of their country. They are confident that through UHBDP, they can reach this goal.

We live in a very beautiful region: picturesque places, clean air and fishponds
nearby. We believe that we can start [a] business and develop in this direction….
Our household plot allows to seed herbs and to arrange tours at the harvest time.
The philosophy of the UHBDP strongly supports environmental and innovative ideas.
This is exactly what we want to do: to develop ourselves and to help other people to
grow and develop,” Victor stated.

producers supported
during 2020

of SMFs and SMEs*
reported improved
access to business
information and sales

increase of average
sales revenue for all

of producers reported an
increase in production,
harvest and post-harvest
handling capabilities

of SMFs and SMEs* have
reported higher access
to Environmental Best
Practices (EBPs)

of clients use EBPs

of client land is
under EBPs

of technologies used
mitigate negative
environmental impact

                                      PROJECT DETAILS                                      6 Years: 2015-2021
                       MEDA Private Supporters: $2.5M                          Global Affairs Canada: $18.3M