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Agriculture in Wartime: Threats and Opportunities for Ukraine with Farmer Kees Huizinga, Agricultural Economist Antonina Broyaka, and USAID DAA Mark Simakovsky

November 15, 2022 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

Russia's deliberate targeting of Ukraine’s agriculture sector has limited farmers’ ability to plant, harvest, store, and transport agricultural commodities that are central to the country's economic recovery and to addressing the global food security crisis. Under the Agriculture Resilience Initiative - Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine), USAID is bolstering Ukrainian agriculture production and exports by providing critical inputs to farmers, improving export logistics and infrastructure, increasing farmers’ access to financing, and providing drying, storage, and processing support for micro, small, and medium-sized agricultural enterprises. As the expiration of the Black Sea Grain Initiative approaches on November 19, this panel will explore how AGRI-Ukraine can help farmers withstand the war's uncertainty, drawing on the real-time experience of Kornelis “Kees” Huizinga, a farmer with two decades of experience in Ukraine and the 2022 recipient of the Kleckner Award for Global Farm Leadership.

What is the importance of Ukraine’s agriculture sector to the country’s economic recovery? What kind of support has AGRI-Ukraine provided farmers since its launch in mid-July? How has the Black Sea Grain Initiative impacted the productivity of Ukraine's farms, and how would its expiration affect farmers' operations?

Please join the CSIS Global Food Security Program on November 15 at 10:00 a.m. EST as we welcome award-winning farmer Kees Huizinga, Ukrainian agricultural economist Antonina Broyaka, and Mark Simakovsky, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia at USAID for this timely discussion.

CSIS is a vaccinated facility. All staff have been fully vaccinated to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We ask that guests be fully vaccinated if attending events onsite to reduce potential risk of exposure in our facility.

This event is made possible through general support.

Caitlin Welsh
Director, Global Food and Water Security Program
Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development