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Ukraine: Sugar Sector Review

November, 2013

Ukraine is the second largest producer of sugar in Eastern Europe after the Russian Federation, contributing to about 1.2 percent to national GDP. Not only is sugar important in local diets, the industry also provides an important contribution to employment and unites producers of elite and ordinary seeds, sugar beets, seed plants, sugar plants, and industry service companies. However, the industry is subject to various risks including policy changes, international price fluctuations, competition related to the development of sugar substitutes, loss of markets for sugar confectionary and so forth.

In order to help policy-makers and investors make decisions for more efficient and inclusive agricultural food systems, FAO’s Investment Center has recently published the report “Ukraine: Sugar sector review”, which provides background information on sugar production, consumption and trade in Ukraine. The publication also provides a comparison of domestic and international sugar prices at various parity levels, identifies main producers and types of consumers, and discusses support and trade measures.

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