Household Economy in Rural Areas 

There is an increasing demand for economical activation of the rural population in Hungary. Local governments are also under pressure to organise the economic activities of the citizens and to transfer from service-oriented approach to an entrepreneurial one.

The main aim of the pilot is to revive forgotten culture of household economy, horticulture and livestock farming on disadvantaged rural areas of Hungary by enabling families to utilise their own resources of household economy.  The pilot takes place in 10 different settlements, and no two villages are identical. The idea is to strengthen the role of grassroots initiatives within traditional communities. At the same time, the pilot enhances the operational mechanisms of local democracy. The Social Land Programme aims at transferring skills for producing food by offering training and providing assets (seeds, chicken) to families living in poverty.

Schedule:
September–October 2018: recruiting, selection, training of coordinators and mayors.
November–December 2018: household economy plans prepared, local workshops
January 2019: local programmes commence
February–Septeber 2019: production activities
October 2019–2020 May 2020: evaluation, data processing

Geographic area and target groups: The direct target group of the pilot are low or middle-income families, primarily ones raising children. The indirect target group are people who are responsible for executing and organizing social land programmes: mayors, members of the local authorities, local civic organizations and Roma minority governments.

Collaborators: The main stakeholder of the pilot is the Professional and Interest Representative Association of Social Land Programmes (Szociális Földprogramok Szakmai és Érdekképviseleti Egyesülete). This organisation represents mayors and local communities executing social land programmes. Therefore their participation and support is crucial for the success of the pilot. Other stakeholders are policy makers, interest representative bodies, research and educational organizations, and civil organizations.

Pilot actions:
A training method and a network will be developed in which leaders (mayors) will take part. Based on previous discussions it is evident that the leaders need more information on how to develop entrepreneurial skills and to provide a supportive environment for household economies. The local household economy coordinators will be trained as well. They are educated to motivate, train, support, and coordinate the household economy activities of the socially disadvantaged local families.

The co-creation takes place on two separate levels. Firstly, mayors will take part in the development of the framework for the activities of coordinators and prospective farmers. Secondly, the coordinators will take part in the development of local production plans.

Expected results:
50 families are involved in production activities and are actively supported by the coordinators of the pilot.
10 mayors (or local project leaders) take part in four workshops with the aim of shaping attitudes.
10 coordinators are involved in the local economy development training.
The coordinators will form up a network to share good practices.

CoSIE partners involved:
University of Debrecheni
ESÉLY (Chance) Social Public Foundation of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County

Contact: Flórián Sipos, sipos.florian@arts.unideb.hu