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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Name
Eastern European Food Cluster Network
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Nataliia
Hordiichuk
Cluster Manager
+380962596437
ufv.org@gmail.com
Mariia
Makhnovets
Internationalisation Responsible
+380958374455
mariia.makhnovets@gmail.com
Languages spoken: 
English
Russian
Ukranian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Crop Production
Safe production methods
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Identification of weak links in AgriFood Ecosystem and fixing them by the means of networking and education
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
9
Number of SME members: 
5
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Kyiv-Mohyla Business School
University
ELEKS
Larger Company
Teremno Hlib
Larger Company
Agritema LLC
SME
Smart Farming
Technology Center
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Ukrainian Food Valley Mission:

Sustainable Agri-Food Ecosystem that unites Players who practice 5 sustainability principles throughout its Value Net to secure health of the Nation and increase competitiveness on global markets

Objectives:

- Identification of Value Net weak joints and fixing them
- Cluster development
- Organization of technological and business education
- Rural development
- UFV brand development
- Setting new rules at agri-food market in Ukraine
- Uniting agri-food and supporting industries players together in order to create the added value along the whole supply chain by using best practices of research and innovation
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to technology services
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Details of support services: 

Ukrainian Food Valley provides educational and networking for its members and non-members to help SME with defining their business strategy, finding international business partners and getting access to innovations through our open events and seminars and meetings with international cluster managers/representatives at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School.

For example, ELEKS experts on request of UFV membership applicant' conducted a thorough analysis of its existing infrastructure to understand the business processes, their coverage by the existing tools and the scope of their integration. Based on the discovered information, ELEKS Digital Enterprise Platforms Suite as a comprehensive solution was offered. It was a combination of open-source middleware tools that secure the enterprise’s overall operability.

Four platforms have been deployed to cover the customer’s complex needs for seasonal planning. They integrate more than 20 independent internal systems, multiple algorithms and data flows, as well as retrieve data from 22 separate information directories.

Implemented components

Orchestration Platform

It is the core of the solution that contains all the algorithms of the customer’s business processes. The Platform unites the ESB and BPMS functionality as well as governs the involvement of people into the business processes.  

Security Platform

The Platform is the customer’s single point of authentication that implements the single sign-on scenario, supports the hierarchy of users, authentication rules and access policies.

Front-end Platform

Being a single point of access for all users, the Platform is a combination of a robust CMS and modern front-end frameworks. ELEKS uses the docker approach that helps to significantly speed up and automate the deployment.

Log/Audit Platform

The Platform monitors the health of the system, services, business logic and databases, and displays the results in the form of dashboards for convenient tracking and processing.

As a result there were 50% of costs saved on development; Significant TCO cuts; Introduction of security and connectivity orchestration across all infrastructure components; A centralized core to provide scalability and flexibility in terms of new services, users, and machines; 90% of all operations were automated eliminating human factor errors; No connectivity disruption and migration downtime.

We invite WUR lecturers, other international cluster managers, business advisors and representatives of AgriFood companies to share their experience and give practical advice to our members and visitors.

All these events are designed to help Ukrainian SME in AgriFood business reach a higher level of business strategy and operational efficiency, go global and find new partners.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
None
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Austria
Latvia
Lithuania
Netherlands
Poland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

UFV visited The Food Valley Netherlands in an exchange meeting and invited their members-lecturers to our workshops in April 2017.

The former Director of Organics Cluster (Rhone-Alpes, France) has visited the UFV with an open lecture for its members and agri food sectore active leaders at Kyiv Mohyla Business School on Cluster Strategy and its Financial Management on 31st of May 2017.

UFV has officially signed an agreement on cooperation with other clusters from 4 countries (Smart Food Cluster -Lithuania, Food Products Quality Cluster - Latvia, Agro Bio Cluster - Poland, Ukrainian Organic Cluster - Ukraine) on 14th of June 2017 and joined newly created Eastern European Food Cluster Network accordingly. For this event Lithuanian Smart Food Cluster has provided their own platform in Vilnus, where its members shared with other international clusters their experience in research and innovations apllication together with marketing tools which were proposed by the Smart Food Cluster Team.

The results of such an event were discussed with UFV cluster members afterwards accordingly.

We were representing UFV and Eastern European Food Cluster Network at the 5th Cluster Networking Conference in Stuttgart on 21-22nd September 2017.

UFV has hosted Lithuanian Smart Food Cluster's food producers in Kyiv, Ukraine on 12-14th September. Special program was organized by our team for members of Lithuanian cluster togther with a tour to UkrInMash exhibition. There was a special business tour to different retail chains to meet with its managers and networking meeting organised for Ukrainian and Lithuanian food (sweets, bread and buiscuits, meat, frozen foods, mineral water) producers as a members of two clusters.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Smart Food Cluster (LitMEA, Lithuania) www.litmea.lt
Food Products Quality Cluster (Latvia) www.ppkk.lv
Agro Bio Cluster (UNIMOS.global,Poland) www.agrobiocluster.pl
Ukrainian Organic Cluster (Ukraine) http://www.organiccluster.com.ua/
Food Valley NL (Netherlands) http://www.foodvalley.nl/
EASTERN EUROPE FOOD CLUSTERS NETWORK https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/cluster-networks/eastern-europe-food-clusters-network
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Participation in Funded Support Programmes: BSR Innovation Express as a member of EEFood Cluster Network http://www.eefood.net/

UFV has officially signed an agreement on cooperation with other clusters from 4 countries (Smart Food Cluster -Lithuania, Food Products Quality Cluster - Latvia, Agro Bio Cluster - Poland, Ukrainian Organic Cluster - Ukraine) on 14th of June 2017 and joined newly created Eastern Europe Food Cluster Network https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/cluster-networks/eastern-europe-food... accordingly. For this event Lithuanian Smart Food Cluster has provided their own platform in Vilnus, where its members shared with other international clusters their experience in research and innovations apllication together with marketing tools which were proposed by the Smart Food Cluster Team.

The results of such an event were discussed with UFV cluster members afterwards accordingly.

We were representing UFV and Eastern European Food Cluster Network at the 5th Cluster Networking Conference in Stuttgart on 21-22nd September 2017.

UFV has hosted Lithuanian Smart Food Cluster's food producers in Kyiv, Ukraine on 12-14th September. Special program was organized by our team for members of Lithuanian cluster togther with a tour to UkrInMash exhibition. There was a special business tour to different retail chains to meet with its managers and networking meeting organised for Ukrainian and Lithuanian food (sweets, bread and buiscuits, meat, frozen foods, mineral water) producers as a members of two clusters.

We are proud to build cross-border networks for our partner clusters. UFV have successfully organised a 3 days trade mission together with risks assessment by our cluster experts for EKOFRISA UAB - member of Smart Food Cluster (LitMEA). Ekofrisa has met 5 potential Ukrainian organic raw material producers-suppliers, visited its production facilities and now in constant communication of possible supplies for 2018 marketing year.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Ukrainian Food Valley is a sustainable Agri-Food Ecosystem that unites Players who practice 5 sustainability principles throughout its Value Net to secure health of the Nation and increase competitiveness on global markets

Objectives:

- Identification of Value Net weak joints and fixing them
- Cluster development
- Organization of technological and business education
- Rural development
- UFV brand development
- Setting new rules at agri-food market in Ukraine
- Uniting agri-food and supporting industries players together in order to create the added value along the whole supply chain by using best practices of research and innovation

UFV lauched a contest-selection to AgriFood Champions League of Ukraine.

We looked for ambitious AgriFood Leaders whom we selected to take part in a 2 day workshop "New Managerial concepts and strategies of new generation" elaborated by Kyiv-Mohyla Business School [kmbs] at request of Ukrainian Food Valley.

Selected winners were those AgriFood managers who were able to: - think strategically; - work in a logics of open systems; - are ambitious enough to creat new types of companies; - are ready to develop as part of a Sustainable Agriculture and join “Ukrainian Food Valley”. 

On July 7th our AgriFood Champions league presented their projects in fron of EBRD, IFC, Raiffeisen Bank and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School professors.

Projects winners that got first prizes: 1- HorseRaddish Cluster #horseraddishBerdychivSky 2-  ІТ platform for organic farmers #cloudcluster and #ПродуктоваДолина 3- Biological crop protection cluster products for organic marketing #Біологічнихпрепаратівдляорганічногоринку

These winners are willing to join UFV in the nearest few monthes and will be able to contribute to its interantionalization cluster startegy.

In summer 2017 our team visited Lithuania and organized a trade mission for this country. 

We are proud to build cross-border networks for our partner clusters. UFV have successfully organised a 3 days trade mission together with risks assessment by our cluster experts for EKOFRISA UAB - member of Smart Food Cluster (LitMEA). Ekofrisa has met 5 potential Ukrainian organic raw material producers-suppliers, visited its production facilities and now in constant communication of possible supplies for 2018 marketing year.