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Author(s): Apolka Ujj, Csaba Bálint, Paulina Jancsovszka, Pál Goda

Title: Higher Education in the Service of the Capacity Building in Hungarian Agricultural Innovation

Source: International Scientific Days 2018 :: Towards Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Global Agriculture and Food Systems :: Proceedings

ISBN: 978-80-7598-180-6


Publisher: Wolters Kluwer ČR, Prague

PY, pages: 2018, 2355-2366

Published on-line: 2018-11-09

Language: eng

Abstract: Without any doubt, agricultural raw material and food production (and the related branches, e.g. rural tourism, services) are the main fields of economic activities which are able to utilize the resources of the rural areas the most and which need fresh, innovative ideas and initiatives to maintain their economic viability and market competitiveness, as well as to vitalize local communities and keep population in the rural areas, by providing viable livelihood and income. The Rural Development Policy is built on three overarching objectives, one of which is innovation. The first of six common priorities of the Rural Development Programs is “Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas.” In this regard, the crucial role of agricultural education is indisputable. Therefore in the Catalyst project (Capacity building in agricultural innovation services in CEE countries), we focus on the promotion of innovation transfer, by combining science-based approach with knowledge resulting from everyday practice and experiences. Eight institutions from six European countries decided to work together to create training curriculum and teaching tools and materials for future innovation advisors. In order to realize the project objectives, thorough understandingof the Hungarian agricultural education system for innovation is needed. During the project work we have prepared interviews with extension-related stakeholders such as farmers, farmer organizations, researchers, research institutes, farm advisors, consultants, local action groups, technology providers, agricultural VET providers, chamber of agriculture, etc. In this paper not only the agricultural education system is presented but situation analysis of the innovation-related Hungarian agricultural education is summarized based on the results of interviews.

Keywords: agri-innovation, education, brokering, capacity building

JEL Classification: I23, Q16

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