Knowledge Note

Although Ukraine has some of the best agricultural land in the world, the country’s agricultural system lags behind Europe and North America in productivity. This is primarily because of outdated production technologies, lagging skills at the farm level, and limited access to financing and highquality inputs. There is also a lack of a long-term “partnership” mentality along the supply chain. Modern processors of agricultural products and local farmers don’t fully connect — processors often want producers to serve as exclusive suppliers, while producers often prefer bringing their products to the fresh market. This SmartLesson describes how the Ukraine Vinnitsa Fruit Project addressed these issues by working with local farmers so that they could become reliable, high-quality suppliers to Agrana — a large processor.