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Ukrainian Farmers to Receive Seeds Donated from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Supported by Corteva Agriscience

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation created a program in May 2023 to supply winter oilseed rape to small Ukrainian farms, specifically in regions impacted most by Russia’s full-scale invasion. In the Ukraine, Corteva Agriscience is the program’s partner according to a release.

The eleventh annual Global Food Security Index (GFSI) reported that this has impacted global food security. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Corteva Agriscience are focusing their efforts to work on this problem globally which includes supporting Ukrainian farmers by supplying them with seeds.

To participate in the program, farmers must be located in the regions impacted by Russia’s invasion as well as cultivate less than 200 hectares under winter oilseeds rape. When ordering, if ordering at least five units of Pioneer seed, the farmer “will be eligible to receive an equal number of additional Pioneer seed units for a symbolic price of 1 UAH without VAT” according to the release. To apply, farmers should contact their region’s Corteva Agriscience sales representative. 

“Ukraine plays a critical role in the world’s food supply, but Russia’s invasion has left many Ukrainian farmers, and particularly those with smaller farms, unable to access the inputs they need to plant their crops,” said Howard G. Buffett, the Foundation’s chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with Corteva Agriscience to help farmers access this much needed seed supply and in return, help mitigate the current global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine.”

“The company remains in support of Ukraine and provides comprehensive assistance to communities so they can fully restore their farming operations,” said Sergii Kharin, Business Leader at Corteva Agriscience in Eastern Europe.