The lecture "Resilience in challenging circumstances: the path to a sustainable agricultural future in Ukraine" on January 30th, delivered by Professor Dr. Maryna Nehrey, shed light on the extraordinary resilience of Ukraine's agricultural sector amidst the challenges posed by the war. As a significant contributor to the country's economy, the sector faced infrastructure damage, logistical disruptions, resource scarcity, and financial setbacks. Despite these hardships, Ukrainian farmers displayed remarkable resilience, maintaining substantial productivity even in occupied and damaged areas, achieving 80% of pre-war production.
Prof. Dr. Maryna Nehrey emphasized immediate priorities such as addressing resource constraints, improving logistical efficiency, and expanding global market access. However, she stressed the need for a comprehensive strategy, encompassing the integration of displaced populations, support for small businesses, global market linkages, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation, for long-term agricultural sustainability.
This lecture, an integral part of the "ETH with Ukraine - Exchanging Knowledge for a Sustainable Future" exhibition, highlighted the vital role of international cooperation and strategic policies in ensuring the immediate survival and sustainable recovery of Ukraine's agricultural landscape. We extend our gratitude to Prof. Dr. Maryna Nehrey and our audience for their active participation in this insightful discussion.