Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation for Development Planning Project with Ukraine: Supporting Smallholder Horticultural Farmers Including Women Farmers with Training

[Goal 2] Zero Hunger
[Goal 5] Gender Equality
[Goal 8] Decent Work and Economic Growth


On June 19, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of Ukraine in the capital city of Kyiv for the Project on Promotion of Small-Scale Horticultural Agriculture: Enhancing Inclusiveness of Women Farmers, a technical cooperation for development planning project.

In Ukraine, agriculture remains an important source of livelihood for the rural population, even after the Russian invasion. Thanks to its fertile land, horticultural crops such as vegetables and fruits, in particular, offer great growth opportunities from increase in crop yields and high value-added production through introduction of new crops and improved technology. However, the country faces challenges such as low productivity and lack of marketing skills of the farmers.

Signing ceremony

Signing ceremony

In addition, due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, women are playing increasingly important roles in various industries. Therefore, support to enable women to play an even more active role in the agricultural sector is needed.

This project proposes effective solutions and methods to improve the productive capacity and business skills of horticultural farmers, especially women farmers. It contributes to the development of the country's agriculture and the livelihood of farmers through vocational training, and is in alignment with the SDGs Goals 2 (Zero hunger), 5 (Gender equality) and 8 (Decent work and economic growth).

Details for the project are provided below.

Basic project information

Country Ukraine
Project title The Project on Promotion of Small-Scale Horticultural Agriculture: Enhancing Inclusiveness of Women Farmers
Planned implementation period 29 months
Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
Target region Territory controlled by Ukraine
Specific project details
  1. Identify challenges in the horticultural sector and propose measures to strengthen the sector.
  2. Develop vocational training programs for horticultural farmers.
  3. Offer vocational training to horticultural farmers through vocational education and training institutes (VETs) and agricultural universities.

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