Agri Kulti works on Sustainable Rural Development – both theory and practice.

I. Main fields of activity

II. The Agri Kulti Team


Bertényi Gábor, Szalai Mihály, Králl Attila.

III. Operating Principles

ocean in a drop – the following ingredients can be found in each of our products from research plans to farmers’ markets and home-made sandwiches:

furthermore:

relocalization and food sovereignty – independence from centralized national and/or global production and supply systems, with the expected result of increasing resilience of rural communities.

short food chains – shortened route from “stable to table” with a limited number of intermediary elements. Production and local trade of food from authentic, reliable and verifiable resources with less chemical content and higher nutritional value. Better for everyone.

multifunctional agriculture – apart from conventional functions of producing food, forage and fuel, agriculture is responsible for the maintenance and production of an array of public goods: ecosystem services, agro/biodiversity as well as tangible and intangible cultural heritage of cultural landscapes.

bioregionalism defines regions as ecological and socio-geographical units with characteristic agro-ecosystems. Bioregions usually have little in common with administrative/political delimitations. Ideally, bioregions are able to sustainably manage local resources, which make them more adaptable to ever-changing environmental, social and economic circumstances.

IV. Agri Kulti – establishment and operation

Agri Kulti was established in 2011, Nagymaros, Hungary. The team has been enthusiastically seeking and testing practical models of sustainable rural development that enable local producers, small-scale farmers – a vital segment of local economy – to establish a preferable social and economic position on the longer run. In our operations we are trying to keep theory and practice in balance; forms of practical implementation such as farming, organizing farmers markets, food processing and trade are accompanied by significant education, research and consultancy activities.

Agri Kulti has been brought into existence and nourished ever since by the lucky constellation of the factors below:

First a global necessity, because in times of environmental, social and economic shocks and uncertainties, rural development based on local resources and self-employment, focusing on internal markets is an inevitable necessity.

Second a local opportunity, as it is more likely on a local level to settle and re-interpret the relationship of city and countryside and also to develop a more resilient, adaptable as well as environmentally and socially sustainable rural (and urban) life model.

Last but not least a personal curiosity and need. Are there any traces of life left on the Hungarian countryside? Are there ambitious country life re-formers and re-interpreters? Is it possible for them to find both a livelihood and a livable environment on the rural areas? We think the answer is still: Yes. As for us in any case, we would have a strong demand for intellectually, emotionally and physically nourishing, successful teamwork + leisure + edible foods and drinkable drinks.

V. References

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