ADA INCEPTION PHASE
BUILDING INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PAN-EUROPEAN VALUE AND TRUST CHAINS FOR GMO-FREE SOYA FROM THE DANUBE REGION
7/2015 - 12/2016 - completed
The European Union heavily relies on imports of soya to met its demand for animal feed and human nutrition. Since the importation of GMO soya is associated with a number of negative effects for the environment and economy, Donau Soja aims to restructure the way soya is produced and consumed. In particular Donau Soja is attempting to increase production of certified non-GM soya in Europe and to build new supply chains from producing countries in Central and Eastern Europe to the main markets in Western and Northern Europe.
Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have a vast agricultural resource base and long-standing experience in soya cultivation. With the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) Donau Soja has been operating in Serbia and BiH since late 2013 in order to build stable supply chains and help these countries become important and reliable suppliers of soya for the EU. In July 2015 Donau Soja moved on to Ukraine and Moldova and is currently studying the feasibility of expanding production and export of certified non-GM soya. This study will last until December 2016 and is also supported technically and financially by ADA with EUR 227.100,-. Public support mechanism, the business environment and legal framework as well as existing quality and control systems are further topics of the study. It is expected to be completed in winter 2016 and will set-out the strategy and activities for Donau Soja’s further work in Ukraine and Moldova until 2020/21.