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GUCE-SAFE – German-Ukrainian Centre of Excellence for Smart Agriculture and Food Economics

Research domain:
Securing the world’s food supply and competitive supply chains

Project duration:
01.11.2021 - 30.04.2023

Ukraine has an enormous agricultural potential that has so far been poorly exploited. Innovative and thus internationally competitive food value chains as well as sustainable institutions can contribute substantially to the development of the Ukrainian economy. However, this requires a systemic approach or system innovation, which does not aim at individual technological innovations but at the creation of innovation-promoting framework conditions. The goal of the planned core of excellence (GUCE-SAFE) project is not only to establish high-performance innovation research in Ukraine in a core of excellence, but also to closely link top-level science in an “ideas factory” with the knowledge and experience of agro-business, politics and civil society in a transdisciplinary approach. With the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and seven other institutions from science and business, IAMO has excellent Ukrainian partners to develop the concept for a German-Ukrainian core of excellence in a first phase and to implement it in a second phase, involving other stakeholders from business, society, politics and research.


  • Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), Ukraine Website
  • National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA), Ukraine Website
  • National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP), Ukraine Website
  • Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (KNEU), Ukraine Website
  • Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the National Space Agency of Ukraine (SRI NASU-SSAU), Ukraine Website
  • World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development of the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (WDC-Ukraine), Ukraine Website
  • Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), Ukraine Website
  • All-Ukrainian public organization “Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation” (UAC), Ukraine Website
  • IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH Website