Vol. 6 No. 1-2 (2012)

Semi-subsistence farming situation and policy – the example of Hungary

Published June 30, 2012
C. Forgács
Corvinus University of Budapest


Forgács, C. (2012). Semi-subsistence farming situation and policy – the example of Hungary. Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 6(1-2), 143–148. https://doi.org/10.19041/APSTRACT/2012/1-2/20

In Hungary small farms have played very important role since collectivization (1959-61). Up to radical changes small households have received strong support from coops in the field of providing inputs on one side and, marketing their products on the other. The latter was disrupted by radical reforms and small farms started struggling with survival under market conditions. Government took measures to provide a development path for those having a chance to become competitive after five years development. Three calls (2004, 205 and 2006) were released. In Hungary SSF from three regions were more interested in getting the grant as North Great Plain, South Transdanubia and South Great Plain. All three regions are agriculture dominated ones. The policy with the call has reached a very moderate number of SSFs and, on the other side small farms, either because not meeting the criteria of the call or not wanted to take the additional costs of being registered and monitored for such a small amount of support decided not to apply. The paper ends with policy lessons.