Productivity of Agricultural Land in Context of State Policy

Dear colleagues and partners!

Let us invite you to an event on the occasion of World Soil Day.

Data and time: 2 December 2021, 2 pm - 3:30 pm (Kyiv time)
Location: Ukrinform, 8/16 Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Street, Kyiv
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World Soil Day is held annually on 5 December. World Soil Day 2021 and its campaign "Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity" aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.

Ukraine is endowed with the largest agricultural land area and most fertile soils in Europe and in the world. A landmark step for Ukraine was the adoption of the land turnover law that established a design for the land sales market starting from 1 July 2021. This reform has gained a wide resonance in society and informally was named the most important event since the establishment of the state. However, there is a lack of attention from society to the technical side of the process, namely:

  • What determines agricultural land values?
  • Is there an effective soil quality management system?
  • How to properly assess the land you own, and, in case of purchase, be sure that you are buying exactly what you need?

The event, which will take place on 2 December 2021, aims to publicly present the steps and actions that the state and the public are taking and plan to do for transparent and clear land value formation, how they plan to provide all market participants with accurate information about condition and turnover of lands, and what place soil and land resources take in this process. Before the event, all those interested can take a small survey,, the results of which will form the basis of the discussion.


14:00-14:10    Opening remarks
Mara Lopes, Head of Office, FAO Ukraine

14:10-14:25    National spatial data infrastructure, implementation of land reform and more
Taras Dzioba, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitization

14:25-14:35    Solemn signing of a memorandum between the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Soil Partnership
Taras Dzioba, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitization
Mykola Miroshnychenko, Honorary Chairman of the Ukrainian Soil Partnership Association

14:35-14:50    The importance of reliable information in shaping public policy on climate change and sustainable land use
Ronald Vargas, Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership

14:50-15:05    Monitoring system for neutral level of land degradation
Oksana Davis, Secretary of the Ukrainian Soil Partnership Association

15:05-15:30    Questions and answers

Moderator – Yuriy Dmytruk, FAO Expert on Land Degradation Neutrality Monitoring Standards Development.