Sustainable Development Goals in agriculture and responsible investment: A comparative study of the Czech Republic and Ukraine

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This paper explores some Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs – 2 and 12) in agriculture for the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The idea is to find out best practices in implementing SDGs 2 and 12 within the responsible investment framework. For these purposes, benchmarking (comparative analysis) is used. Using data over the period of 2017–2020, a general comparative review of global and national targets of SDGs 2 and 12 in Ukraine and the Czech Republic is provided. The results justify the merely incorporation and compliance of these targets at the national and global levels. The identified problems in achieving SDG 2 and SDG 12 are common for Ukraine and the Czech Republic and relate to unequal access to investment and financial resources. Recommendations and solutions to the most important problems based on the responsible investment instruments are proposed in this paper. The research findings can be useful for regulators (both in agriculture and in the financial market), companies and a wide group of other stakeholders in promoting responsible investment to make more comprehensive progress towards SDG 2 and 12 in Czech Republic and Ukraine by 2030.

Acknowledgment
Authors are grateful to the Czech government for the support provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, which allowed this scientific cooperation to start within the project “AgriSciences Platform for Scientific Enhancement of HEIs in Ukraine”.

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    • Table 1. Incorporation of tasks for achieving SDGs 2 and 12 into state strategic documents
    • Table 2. Assessment of progress in achieving the targets of SDGs 2 and 12 in Ukraine based on national monitoring data
    • Table 3. Assessment of progress in achieving the targets of SDGs 2 and 12 in the Czech Republic based on national monitoring data
    • Table 4. Assessment of progress in achieving the targets of SDGs 2 and 12 in Ukraine and the Czech Republic according to global monitoring
    • Table 5. Problems arising in the process of achieving SDGs 2 and 12 in Ukraine, and solutions to come up with them
    • Table 6. Problems arising in the process of achieving SDGs 12 in the Czech Republic, and solutions to come up with them
    • Conceptualization
      Alex Plastun, Inna Makarenko, Tetiana Grabovska
    • Funding acquisition
      Alex Plastun, Inna Makarenko, Tetiana Grabovska, Ricardo Situmeang, Serhii Bashlai
    • Methodology
      Alex Plastun, Inna Makarenko
    • Project administration
      Alex Plastun
    • Supervision
      Alex Plastun
    • Writing – original draft
      Alex Plastun, Inna Makarenko, Tetiana Grabovska, Ricardo Situmeang, Serhii Bashlai
    • Writing – review & editing
      Alex Plastun, Inna Makarenko, Tetiana Grabovska, Ricardo Situmeang, Serhii Bashlai
    • Data curation
      Inna Makarenko, Ricardo Situmeang
    • Investigation
      Inna Makarenko, Tetiana Grabovska, Ricardo Situmeang
    • Validation
      Inna Makarenko
    • Resources
      Tetiana Grabovska
    • Software
      Ricardo Situmeang
    • Visualization
      Ricardo Situmeang
    • Formal Analysis
      Serhii Bashlai