3.2.2 Support for development of agricultural producers’ marketing groups

3.2.2 Support for development of agricultural producers’ marketing groups. Strategic and Regulatory

Consultation Process
In order for the above to be effective, it will be essential to have an extensive consultative process, in order to establish the key problems and the most effective mechanisms to address them. This will include examining best practice and lessons learned in particular from EU member states with most relevant experience as well as dialogue with all key stakeholders and in particular with agricultural civil organizations (see activity3).
Service contract

Pilot project
To use pilot experience for demonstration of the key issues to be resolved with specific focus on storage, cleaning, grading and packaging in either the milk and meat or fruit and vegetable sphere.

3.2.3 Support for the development of agricultural civil organizations (including professional and inter-professional associations) Strategic and Regulatory

Taking the key and current issue of agricultural producer marketing groups and where feasible through cooperation with similar agricultural civil organizations from EU countries, the project will highlight the key issues and stimulate the effectiveness of the consultation, analysis, drafting and lobbying capacity of the key relevant agricultural professional and inter-professional associations.

Information dissemination

3.2.4 Support for the wholesale / assembly markets and accompanying market information network Strategic and Regulatory

Service contract

4. Rural Development 4.1 Approach and justification
The Project will be targeted at addressing institutional, legal, and budgetary issues at the national level to address the problems which hinder rural development and the issues which arose during implementation of local pilot projects.

This component will address the rural sustainable development framework conditions and the issues of the best practice dissemination in the sector. It is synergetic and compatible in particular with the community-based development approach proposed by the EU Regional Fund (Sustainable Development – phase III) and with the Sustainable Local Development projects, as well as with other current and proposed donor activities in the sphere. The component is fully in line with the principles of Ukraine’s Agrarian Policy.

Preparation of local development programmes for rural communities is in the competence of local governments. Unfortunately, the local governments of most of the rural communities do not use such powers. Key reasons for this are the lack of the implementing regulatory framework (the justification) and the skills to be able to motivate the local community.

Local programmes of integrated sustainable development are a key instrument for support and development of rural initiatives and the citizens’ active inclusion in the community life, building up of social capital, creation of mechanism for determination of long-term development priorities, and identification of the financial possibilities. Such approach corresponds to General Measures of EU Rural Territories Policy Development (for 2007-2013) according to LEADER+. This concept foresees sustainable development of rural areas in the way of passing the powers and responsibilities to local communities.

To confirm relevance, there are models which are implemented by DFID Project in pilot regions and aimed at inclusion of community members in active social life and at building up of the local governments’ capacity.

To create conditions under which rural communities, executive authorities, and local governments will have real financial power for effective development of rural initiatives. Forming of the national budget on the basis of villages and regional budgets (bottom-up approach), which will mean self-dependent determination of the community’s needs and ensure effective disbursement and monitoring of the government funds.

Successful models of rural development which were realized by the international technical assistance projects (DFID, CIDA, SIDA, TACIS) and Ukrainian NGOs need further efforts in promotion and dissemination. It is vital that the positive outcomes and lessons from previous pilot experience are shared on a national level to encourage a policy input and replicate the best practice, avoid repetition of mistakes, and ensure the optimum use of government financial resources. This approach will ensure more effective use of the current mechanisms and resources in order to bring to both local governments and communities the information and mechanisms necessary for improvement of the social and economic status of their own communities.