In 2014 implementation of the Organic Soy Project In Eastern Europe will begin in Ukraine


The project will last till the end of 2017.

Project Background

The demand for organic soy continues to grow as organic animal husbandry further expands. In order to stimulate and develop more sustainable production and marketing structures, COOP Switzerland has now contracted the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). As a first step of this new project, lasting from 2014 until the end of 2017, the potential will be assessed to produce and market organic soy according to Bio Suisse Standard. Based on these findings, FiBL will then work together with interested farmers to help them access the Swiss market.  FiBL’s services to interested farmers and farmer groups will involve the following type of support:

  • Access to Bio Suisse certification. FiBL will share relevant information about the Bio Swiss standard and implications in case of certification.
  • Access to production know how. FiBL experts will be conducting trainings related to  modern organic production practices and adequate post harvest management.
  • Access to Swiss feedstuff market. FiBL collaborates with both importers and processors of organic raw materials, who are eager to source from trustworthy sources from Eastern Europe.

Organic Soy Market

In Switzerland, the steadily growing demand for organic eggs, poultry and pork products leads to situation of drastic undersupply with domestic produce. Consequently, feed mills, directly or indirectly, need to import many thousand tons of organic raw materials to convert them into high quality ready-to-use organic feed mixtures. Especially soybeans with their favourable amino acid structure and high protein content are demanded for feed mix preparation.

Today, approximately 13’000 tons of organic soybeans are imported. Until 2020, Swiss stakeholders together with Bio Suisse antici-pate a strong growth of organic soy imports – especially from Eastern Europe.

Bio Suisse Standard

In Switzerland, the organic standard of the association Bio Suisse is the most relevant one, well appreciated by Swiss consumers. Internationally, organic standards vary as to their strictness. Producers and processors abroad must comply with the Bio Suisse Standards. Compliance is monitored by the Label Commission Import (LCI) on the basis of the inspection reports issued by the local inspection bodies. Main issues of Bio Suisse standards are:

  • Whole farm approach – the entire farm must be managed organically.
  • Fertilizer use – use of fertilizers is limited per hectare and year.
  • Biodiversity – at least 7% of the farm area must promote biodiversity.
  • Seeds – seeds and transplants must be of organic nature, if available.
  • Crop rotation – the rotation must include a minimum of 20% soil building crops.
  • Livestock – additional to EU regulation, minimal requirements are necessary.
  • Separate storage and processing of organic products, traceability along the whole supply chain must be fulfilled.

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Project Benefits in Brief

  • Access to sustainable production based on a sound crop rotation involving soy.
  • Access to a secure international market, not only for soy but also other crops.
  • Access to relevant information in regard to soy production and marketing.
  • Access to a trustworthy traceability system.

How to become a Project Partner ?

The main condition relates to the potential and interest to produce and market organic soy for the Swiss market, according to the Bio Suisse Standard. In general, the project takes the following steps to engage into a long-term partnership:

  • First meeting to assess the potential and interest of the producer.
  • Revision of organic certificates, if they are available.
  • Specification of anticipated volumes of production and marketing potential.
  • Linking up with buyers and signing of a multi-year purchasing contract.
  • Provision of technical information related to production and certification.


In Ukraine, FiBL Switzerland works with own project staff based in Kiev, linked to the Swiss-Ukrainian Market Development Project funded by SECO.

Contact in Ukraine

Anatoliy Kravchenko
Facilitator Arable Crops
Swiss-Ukrainian Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine"
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Phone: +38044-2781797
Mob.:  +380995437801

Contact in Switzerland

Toralf Richter
Project facilitator Ukraine
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Department of International Cooperation
Ackerstrasse, Postfach, CH-5070 Frick

Link The Project leaflet for download (488.1 KB)