Research grounded in practice: Hungarian on-farm research network for a more sustainable agriculture
To give European farmers the tools to deal with existing and new challenges, innovative research results need to make their way to the field. To make sure that research topics match farmers’ real needs, ÖMKi, the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, has set up an on-farm research network based on the active participation of farmers.
“Participatory research can play a significant role in achieving the transition towards more sustainable agricultural practices”, says Dr. Dóra Drexler from ÖMKi. “Our on-farm network tests innovative solutions on Hungarian organic farms, in real-life situations. Since we set up the network, we have gained a great deal of experience in how to reach Hungarian farmers and engage them in a collaborative network that can help expand their practices with effective agro-ecological methods.”