Agriculture and Rural Development Support Program
With better policies, Ukraine can leverage its agriculture sector to get the most out of its arable land while supporting its more than 4 million smallholder farmers.
Ukraine has some of the world’s most fertile soil, but fragmentation of the land has limited the agriculture sector’s success: More than half of Ukraine’s gross agricultural product is generated by approximately 4 million smallholder farmers scattered across the country. The USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Support program worked with the government, businesses, and community leaders to create policies and programs that facilitated more effective land governance and supported an open, functional land market. The project strengthened partnerships among these groups to increase investments in agricultural infrastructure and rural communities. With this support, Ukraine transformed its agriculture sector into an engine of rural development.