Sustainable Urban-Rural relations &
adaptive food systems

Agri Kulti Ltd. is an independent research and development non-profit company based in Hungary.
We are researching, modelling and establishing sustainable food systems.



The environmental and health benefits of leguminous crops are increasingly coming to the forefront of agriculture and food production. Although the potential benefits, or the ecosy…

Living Lab

In recent years, in the framework of our legume-focused European projects (TRUE, DIVINFOOD, legumES), we have built a network of farmers and other relevant actors (restaurants, che…


AgriToolKit is a complex sustainability assessment system developed by Agri Kulti with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture. By evaluating and making the sustainabi…


DIVINFOOD is a Horizon 2020 project with the goal of studying neglected- and underutilized crops (minor cereals and legumes) in the seven European partner countries. The project se…


Born out of the TRUE project researching legume-based food systems, a cookbook was published in 2021 by the founder of Agri Kulti, Gábor Bertényi and Nóra Nemes. The book’s philoso…

SYMBIOO has been developed since 2021, aiming to (re)connect sustainably operating small- and mid-scale farms with urban consumers, specifically urban restaurants and their chef…


In this URBACT project Agri Kulti has developed a local, sustainable food-system for the Municipality of Szécsény/Hungary - contributing to the integration of successful local food…


In this H2020 project (TRUE/transition paths to sustainable legume-based systems in Europe), 24 project partners from 10 European countries have gotten together to explore and deve…


As a for-profit flagship project of Agri Kulti, HÁZIKÓ Catering has been operating from 2014 to 2018 as a food manufactory and catering company - using exclusively sourced and cert…


Building on our AgriToolKit sustainability assessment system, Food Track has been developed as an interactive, customer-supported information and quality assurance system for farme…


Starting from 2017, Agri Kulti has been providing counseling, founding and participatory assistance to create a brand with strong environmental and social commitments right from th…


Founded in 2011 by Agri Kulti, Nagymaros Farmers’ Market is a forerunner of the new generation of Hungarian farmers’ markets. It has soon become the reference of many later markets…


Founded by Agri Kulti, operating since 2012 in one of the world’s most famous bars in Budapest, the Sunday market in Szimpla represents a new level in linking city and countryside:…


Zafra, António, 2022: The Food Corridors Partnership. Chapter 4.6 (Szecseny. Co-designing a flexible model for measuring the sustainability of local food production) by Agri Kulti.…


In operation from 2015 to 2018, Házikó Catering managed two Farmbistros in Budapest. The first as an extension of its food-manufactory, the second in a bank branch as a unique join…


The main objective of this 3-year (2012-14) research project in the Balassagyarmat Micro Region (Nógrád County, N-Hungary) was to explore the agro-ecological conditions of the micr…


The key objective of this 2014 research in the Kadarkút-Nagybajom Micro Region, (SW-Hungary) was to identify and map the agro-ecological and human resources in a L…


In November 2012, Agri Kulti traveled with the All-Star-Farmers of Szimpla Farmers’ Market to Kreuzberg/Berlin for a weekend. The event was organized by Agri Kulti in cooperation w…


Tapolca is one of the few Hungarian settlements that have genuine farmers’ market with great history. The aim of this one-year project (2016-17) was to enhance the attractiveness a…


Operating since 2014, Balassagyarmat Farmers’ Market was organized by the students and of the Sustainable Rural Development Course of ELTE Faculty of Human Ecology, as a result of …

About us

Agri Kulti has been operating in the agri-food domain since 2011. 


Our overall goal is to reconnect cities and rural areas by finding ecologically sensitive and economically viable ways for short- and mid-tier food supply chains. Focusing on innovative, business-based models of sustainable value chains, we are developing and implementing R&D projects. We are seeking solutions for stakeholders in the HORECA sector, counseling local governments and creating for-profit enterprises as well. Building on these experiences, we are overly active in different international co-operations, especially in Horizon2020 joint research programs.


We believe in small-scale farmers and high quality, healthy foods. Above all, we believe that the countryside is capable of providing for itself and the cities in a sustainable way with high standards and full transparency.

Our team


CEO – Psychologist, environmental economist

The founder of Agri Kulti. Through the domains of local-resource based regional development, short food supply chains, bioregionality and sustainable food-systems he is working on re-establishing the connection between City and Rural Areas. Inspired by research and modelling, he also builds actual enterprises. He is the co-owner of Házikó Farm Group: a living lab of business-based sustainability and community-based agro-innovation since 2014.

Senior researcher –
Biologist, ecologist

In the past ten years, he has co-worked with various nature conservation, cultural conservation and regional development organizations. With this background, he has an unique perspective of issues relating to sustainability and sustainable rural development.  Being a leading researcher at Agri Kulti from the early beginnings, he coordinates and manages several projects.

Researcher – Medical doctor, sociologist, environmental economist.

His PhD research examined consumer preferences in short food supply chains. He has massive  work experience in nature conservation, resilience of social-ecological systems, research on ecosystem services, sustainability impact assessment and various education methods.


Project manager and researcher – Sociologist

She did her BA in Sociology at ELTE in Budapest before spending a year at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She then received her Master’s degree in Gender Studies in 2020 at Central European University. Before Agri Kulti, her research focused on gender inequalities in education and on the labor market. Sustainability, environmental protection and gastronomy are among her top priorities and personal interests.

Júlia Horváth

Research Assistant

She received her MA in Sociology. She is a founder and owner of Bolvári Biokert, an organic farm in Zsámbok, and as such has managed a CSA-based vegetable box system and a buying group. She has hands-on experience in the field of sustainable agriculture and short supply chains. In her free time, she creates seasonal recipes and makes innovative products from her own farm-grown vegetables.

Lívia Németh

Project manager, researcher – geographer

After graduating in Geography from ELTE, she worked in shark conservation projects in the UK and from 2021 she has been the Hungarian coordinator of the international Save Soil movement, investigating soil conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Researcher –
Agricultural engineer

He has an MSc degree in organic farming, and is currently doing his PhD studies at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, comparing different farming systems’ sustainability and ecosystem service provision. He is also a farmer and active NGO member. He is involved in research projects in the field of agroecology, agroforestry and permaculture. He accomplished the Permaculture Design Course in 2015 and also works as a permaculture teacher and designe.


Project manager and researcher – Humanecologist

Currently  earning his PhD as a student of MATE at the faculty of Environmental Sciences,  he is a dedicated co-ordinator and participant of field researches of a wild spectrum: he has a special interest in local resource based regional development projects, where there is a chance to improve life standards by boosting local economy in the peripheral areas of Middle-Eastern-Europe.




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