Transforming landscapes: Balancing tradition, agriculture, and nature on a Hungarian cattle farm

In the countryside of Hungary there is a story of resilience, adaptation and transformation – the story of Csaba Szabó and his farm. His journey began in the turbulent times of the economic crisis starting in 2008, when Csaba and Anett Szabó decided to seek an alternative path. They made the bold decision to buy a small farm and embarked on a journey that changed the course of their lives.

Why is it so important to freeze seeds for ages? Exploring Hungary’s Genetic Heritage

The genetic resources of and within crop species and their wild relatives form the basis of our food production system. They allow varieties to evolve and adapt to changing conditions and are valuable for further breeding programs. However, the genetic diversity of plants is currently decreasing. Hence, it is important to preserve as much of our genetic heritage as possible. During our summer school on agrobiodiversity in Hungary, we had the opportunity to visit the country’s largest genebank, the National Centre for Biodiversity and Gene Conservation (NBGK) in Tápiószele.

Die Rolle alpiner Landwirtschaft – und was wir aus den Anden darüber lernen können

Die Landwirtschaft in den Höhenlandschaften der Erde ist der historische Ursprung heutzutage wichtiger Nahrungsmittel, wie Kartoffel und Quinoa (Jancurová et al., 2009). Produkte aus der Berg-Landwirtschaft zeichnen sich durch eine vornehmlich extensive Bewirtschaftung aus und sind daher besonders nachhaltig. Beispielsweise werden landwirtschaftliche Flächen in Valposchiavo (siehe Bild) über 90 % biologisch bewirtschaftet. Die Landwirtschaft in den Höhenregionen, wie den Alpen oder den Anden, nimmt daher eine besondere Rolle beim Thema Ernährungssicherheit ein.