Agribusiness in Ukraine is a key, rapidly growing industry. Each year, hundreds of leading global industry participants gather at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kyiv for a conference, “Agribusiness in Ukraine” to discuss relevant strategic issues facing the ongoing development this dynamic economic sector in Ukraine, which is extensively blessed with some of the most fertile farmland in the world. It is expected that in the next few years, agribusiness will comprise up to 30% of Ukraine’s GDP.
Leading investors in the sector such as NCH Capital, co-founded by George Rohr and Moris Tabacinic; Horizon Capital’s Irina Starodubova; and AgroGeneration’s Charles Vilgrain are monitoring evolving government policies and regulations that will ultimately attract significant new Western capital to the sector. Other topics on the conference agenda included challenges related to food safety and the urgent need for expansion of the country’s infrastructure and agribusiness logistics capacity. During the March, 2011 conference, an array of major industry players explained their views on strategic development of agrarian companies. Those who presented included: Leonid Kozachenko, the President of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation; Victor Ivanchyk, the CEO and Founder of Astarta Holding; and Peter Thomson, Deputy CEO of Ukrainian Agrarian Investment.