United Nations support regional initiatives in food waste management in Ukraine

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine announced the signing of an agreement with Tarilka, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to fighting food waste and to reducing poverty.

The Memorandum of Understanding identifies a number of joint activities, including support for a green economic recovery from the pandemic, improving regional practices in food waste management and sharing expertise in the capacity building of local stakeholders.

UNDP Resident Representative Dafina Gercheva said the new agreement will deliver impactful and lasting benefits to Ukraine and the region, and is a perfect example of Sustainable Development Goal 17, which calls for strong and inclusive partnerships and cooperation for the achievement of the Global Goals. 

Tarilka’s deep knowledge and commitment to local communities, combined with UNDP’s global expertise and wide regional network make an ideal combination to upscale innovative approaches to advance Agenda 2030 and bring peace and prosperity to the people of Ukraine.

Dafina Gercheva, UNDP Resident Representative

Tarilka NGO, best known as a food bank in the Western Ukrainian city of L’viv, was established in 2019 to support vulnerable social groups with food provision, especially those living below the poverty line.

Ivan Pavlish, Chairman of the Board at Tarilka NGO, said his organisation has 40 members all of whom are volunteers and work without pay.

We all look forward to working in cooperation with UNDP, on issues related to improving waste management, supporting greater inclusion, and advancing the sustainable development of our cities and communities.

Ivan Pavlish, Chairman of Tarilka

The cooperation between UNDP and Tarilka NGO started with the Biomimicry Design Challenge: an all-Ukrainian competition to find ideas inspired by natural systems and organisms that solve the waste problem. The MOU, signed on 6 May, is non-exclusive and has an initial term of two years.

Source: UNDP Ukraine