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Old institutions, new challenges: the agricultural knowledge system in Hungary

Nemes, Gusztáv and High, Christopher (2013). Old institutions, new challenges: the agricultural knowledge system in Hungary. Studies in Agricultural Economics, 115(2) pp. 76–84.

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Abstract

This paper explores and analyses the Hungarian institutional system for the creation and the transfer of knowledge in the field of agriculture and rural development. We consider the constitution and operation of the Agricultural Knowledge System (AKS) in Hungary, focussing on the formally organised aspects, and suggest that both the structure and content of the knowledge needed in the sector have significantly changed during the past decades. These changes, especially in relation to the sustain-ability of agriculture, pose significant challenges to traditional AKS institutions, which often have failed to change in line with the new requirements. Based on a literature review, interviews and a national stakeholder workshop, we offer an analysis of Hungarian AKS institutions, their co-ordination, co-operation and communication with each other and with Hungarian rurality, and of the arising issues and problems concerning the creation and the flow of knowledge needed for sustainable agriculture. We also briefly explore characteristics of emerging bottom-up structures, called LINSAS (learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture), and explore the significance of the findings in this article for the study of AKS in Europe. This article is based on preliminary results of the SOLINSA research project, supported by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Author (AKI original publisher)
ISSN: 2063-0476
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; LINSA, Hungary; rural development; knowledge system
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 37642
Depositing User: Chris High
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 14:31
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 07:47
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37642
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