Integrated Development of Agricultural and Rural Institutions in CEE Countries IDARI

Principal Investigator: Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková

Duration of the project: June 2003-June2006

Project number: QLRT-2001-02718 



 The development of rural areas in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries was the focus of the project Integrated Development of Agriculture and Rural Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe (IDARI). Within the context of transition, rural areas in CEE countries must cope with the dynamics and tensions of radical change, destruction and restructuring of old enterprises and reform of institutional structures and processes. Entrepreneurship, innovation, learning, adoption and evolving institutional frameworks are integral to this process. At the same time CEE countries, upon their recent EU membership, are vigorously implementing the acquis communautaire. CAP, in particular, is directly pertinent to rural development. The continuing reform of CAP, the concern with rural value added, employment and environmental degradation, has generated a two-strand approach, one primarily sectoral in nature and the other spatial. Implementing these policies in an effective and efficient way is vital to the overall development of accession countries but in particular to their rural areas.

IDARI research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in the different facets of rural development and value added creation. In particular, it will seek to identify the obstacles and bottlenecks to such development. It will also focus on the role institutions play in this process. Overal IDARI objectives were:

(i) Support policy-making for sustainable rural development in CEEC through the development of alternative frameworks of analysis appropriate to the transitional context, embracing institutional change, learning, innovation and competitiveness.
(ii) To strengthen the research capacity among CEEC personnel in the investigation of rural development.
(iii) To build a collaborative research capacity between EU and CEE partners in the investigation of sustainable rural development and institutional change (collecting primary data in selected CEECs).

The project activity is structured according to three distinct, but related thematic work packages

WP1. Rural and Environmental Sustainability (Biological Diversity and Environmental Sustainability; Social Capital; Migration; Rural Entrepreneurship); WP2. Learning for Social-Ecological Resilience and Diffusion of Innovations; WP3. Social Capital, Governance and Rural Institutional Innovation


 Mgr. Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská, Ph.D., principal investigator

Professor Ing. Felix Hutník DrSc., consultant

Mgr. Veronika Chobotová, PhD

RNDr. Lívia Bíziková

Ing. Eva Chovancová


 Zora-Kalka Paulíniová, fascilitátor pre WP2,

Dr. Gabriel Bianchi, Kabinet biologickej a sociálnej komunikácie SAV,

OZ Zachráňme Letanovský mlyn

Správa NP Slovenský raj


  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • University of Sussex
  • Humboldt University
  • Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpment (CIRAD)
  • Estonia Agricultural University
  • A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, Warsaw, Poland
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Institute for Forecasting, Slovakia
  • Agricultural University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, Hungary
  • Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics
  • Latvian University of Agriculture
  • CERGE-EI, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

The Ecological Economics Perspective: European Society for Ecological Economics, Lisabon jún 2005.:



ZAJÍCKOVÁ, Z., KLUVÁNKOVÁ-ORAVSKÁ T. The Role of Social Capital in Creating Rural Institutional Innovations: The Case of Slovenský Raj National.

Chobotová, V.- Stagl, S.- Kluvánková-Oravská, T. Promoting Rural Tourism in Slovenský Raj National Park – Aiming for robust social-ecological system. The 6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community, University of Bonn, 9-13 October 2005.

BÍZIKOVÁ L.: Impacts of institutional development on land-use change in transition countries with focus on climate, change. Gender dimension of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in transition countries.

Annual conference of Canadian Society of Agricultural Economics, Victoria, BC, Canada, Apríl 24.- 26., 2005.: NIJNIK M, BÍZIKOVÁ L: Comparison of carbon sequestration policies in the EU and transition countries.

More can be found in Slovak version