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Social farming as means of poverty reduction in Hungary
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. UCRS, Uppsala University and Mälardalen university.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3442-187X
2015 (English)In: sociohu, 84-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is to set focus on innovative ways to combat food poverty in rural

Hungary. Food poverty is associated with malnutrition which can refer both to the

lack of food and its dissatisfying quality. Food poverty in the post-socialist rural

context does not emerge as a consequence of natural catastrophes or lacking

accessibility to food. Rather, it is the outcome of the unequal distribution of incomes

and resources. Methods of overcoming food-poverty emerge primarily in the

interplay between post-socialist welfare institutions and civil society initiatives, even

if market agents occupy an increasing role in neo-neoliberal regimes as donators of

charity and resources or as collaborators in poverty alleviation projects.

Municipalities work within the paradigms of the welfare state and its social benefit

system as redistributors of state resources, in contrast civil society agents represent

partial interests and work from principles independent of the state redistributive


Therefore, it is of interest to explore in which way poverty relief programmes put

emphasis on the importance of community development and participation of

marginalized groups in the development of individual and group resources

necessary for overcoming their exclusion. The paper explores municipality versus

civil organization approaches along the dimensions of agency; whether and if so in

which way these social food projects worked for the empowerment of marginalized

groups. In this pursuit I focus on immaterial aspects of empowerment, where, as

argued above, the development of social resources constitutes a central role.

Furthermore, the paper explores the differences and potential synergies between

municipality and civil organization based social agriculture projects aiming to

combat marginalization welfare dependency.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Budapest, 2015. 84-106 p.
Keyword [en]
food poverty, social farming, empowerment, ngo, municipality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274612DOI: 10.18030/SOCIO.HU.2015EN.83OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274612DiVA: diva2:897044
Negotiating poverty
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-01-24 Created: 2016-01-24 Last updated: 2016-01-24

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