AKI’s international cooperations

Andrew F. FIELDSEND (M) http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9297-5870

Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Web of Science™ journal Studies in Agricultural Economics and point of contact for AKI’s international research networks and projects. He is also responsible, together with AKI senior management, for ensuring the excellence of the Institute’s research and resulting publications, so that AKI can be a full partner in the European Research Area. He has carried out agricultural and rural research and development work in Albania, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Ukraine, the United States and the United Kingdom.


BIOEAST: Central and Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-Based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Bioeconomy. The Institute in cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and the Chamber of Agriculture set the goals to promote cooperation between farmers and researchers and to establish an international agricultural research network with the major task to explore specific needs of the CEE macro region and to pursue their common interest in the European research area.

Further progress in sustainable growth of agriculture, aquaculture and forestry in the bioeconomy could be achieved by shifting the emphasis to research, innovation and transnational cooperation for knowledge-based development. It is a fact that the European Union sees significant internal disparities in terms of research and innovation performance. Besides, due to low participation of CEE regions in H2020, high level of professional knowledge stays outside of the region. This is a major challenge, which is hindering the sustainable growth in the whole EU. Therefore, the „widening participation” –as one of the horizontal issues complementing the strategic orientations for 2018-20 Work Programme - needs to be strengthened.

Examined themes:

  • Climate change challenges in the Continental and Pannonian Bio-geographical Regions.
  • Policy and governance challenges in the economically less developed EU regions.

As part of the initiative, in order to support the effective cooperation, an information website is planned to be launched as of autumn, 2017, at www.bioeast.eu.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

AKI has carried out several research projects for FAO Located in Budapest and in Central Asia for its Regional Office. Working together Getting closer and becoming an official partnership Agreed at the beginning of 2017. This results in a research report First Number: “Innovation in Europe and Middle-Asian Family Farms “.


AKI provides OECD with data on a yearly basis to calculate PSE/CSE subsidy indices and undertake other data service activities related to agricultural subsidies. Furthermore, AKI reviews OECD working documents for experts participating in OECD meetings as the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture.

AKI gives the European Commission data of agricultural subsidies in the green and yellow box to notify agricultural subsidies for WTO. AKI also responds to ad hoc questions and requests connected to the WTO negotiations.

In the framework of collaboration between the OECD and the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI) concerning the work implemented at the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD) on evaluating agricultural productivity and sustainability, a joint study will be conducted using Hungarian FADN data to measure total factor productivity (TFP) of Hungarian arable and mixed farms and to identify its sources and drivers. The project started on 1 February 2016 for a duration of 18 months and the OECD project manager is Dr. Raushan Bokusheva. Dr. József Fogarasi is managing the project at AKI and will assist OECD in implementing the empirical part of the study and more broadly on agricultural sector development and policy context in Hungary.

European Rural Development Network

ERDN seeks to promote cooperation between European research institutes, especially in the former socialist countries. The aim of the initiative is to contribute to the development of rural areas, for the agricultural sector, and to have an impact on the development of future EU policies.

AKI has been active in the ERDN for more than ten years and has hosted the organization’s 2016 Annual Conference, entitled “Knowledge sharing and innovation in agriculture and rural areas”.

Visegrad Research Institute Cooperation: Institute for Agricultural and Food Research - National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland (2014); Institute for Agricultural Economics - Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania (2015); Agricultural Economics and Information Institute, Prague, Czech Republic (2016); Agricultural and Food Research Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia (2016). Because of these cooperations, three publications (printed and online versions) have been published, which compares the agriculture of several countries.

Agricultural Economics Research Institutes and Agencies (AERIAS)

The AERIAS institutes and agencies are the most important providers of socio-economic and agricultural economic information to the Ministries of Agriculture in their countries. These organizations do work on the complete range of socio-economic issues in the agricultural sector and its business and social environment. AKI has also joined the AERIAS network, which offers members and partners a forum where strategic and performance management issues can be discussed since 2012.


The aim of the network is to develop a joint research strategy to help curb cross-border diseases and establish veterinary bases in Central and Eastern Europe. AKI is one of the approximately 20 partners in the network, and the network is also an important part of the BioEast Strategic Research Program.


InterPIG, founded in 2002, is a global network of pig production experts for the exchange of comparable farm level production costs data, and for the sharing of expertise and information. AKI, representing Hungary, joined the organization in 2016.

Agri Benchmark

Agri Benchmark, coordinated by the Thünen Institute in Germany, is a global, non-profit network of agricultural economists, advisors, producers and specialists in key sectors of agricultural and horticultural value chains. It uses internationally standardised methods to analyse farms, production systems and their profitability.

Agri Benchmark Pig Network

The network comprises of experts from 14 countries, which account for about 80 per cent of the global pork population, who exchange information and share expertise on the specifics of pig farming and the pig sector in their countries. AKI, representing Hungary, joined the organization in 2016.

Agri Benchmark Cash Crop Network

The network comprises of experts from 37 countries who exchange information and share expertise on the specifics of cash crop production in their countries. AKI, representing Hungary, joined the organization in 2016.


The International Comparison Network of Farmers began operations in 2000. He developed the TIPI-CAL model, which is the basis for economic analysis of dairy cows. The organization is a network of researchers, companies, institutions and the IFCN Research Centre in Kiel. Hungary had to provide general statistics until 2015 and in 2016 had to send cost and income data. It organizes an annual conference every June and every October publishes the results for the previous year in the IFCN Dairy Report. 105 countries provide general statistics and 52 countries provide detailed cost and income data.