To support the development of family farming, Ukraine Milk Communities renovated and upgraded existing farms and developed new economic networks around them.
Smallholders produce more than 80% of Ukrainian milk, but mainly for personal use. The sector is made up of subsistence farmers, lacking expertise. Incomes from milk are low, and milk production is declining. Meanwhile, Danone distributes a large range of dairy products in Ukraine and wants to support the development of family dairy farming to diversify and secure its milk supply.
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Ukraine and its local partner ICF Community Wellbeing, launched the Ukraine Milk Communities project, aimed at building new farms and renovating and equipping existing ones. The project has ensured the development and implementation of milk cooperatives, and developed an economic network around the new farming structures to sustain their activities.
This work has secured and improved the revenues of small-scale farmers, supported the development of family farming and combatted rural migration from the Ukrainian countryside.
Under the picture, some generated results.
Farmers with an increased or secured revenue