I am a real country man with in-depth experience in private and cooperative farming in South Hungary, agricultural journalism (1970-1977), government service in the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food in the 1970s, agricultural (livestock) extension during the high-performance period of the Hungarian Agriculture in the 1980s. From 1987, I served nearly two decades with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – 4 years in Vietnam, followed by 5 years responsible assignment in Asia (Pakistan, DPR Korea and Republic of Korea), 2 years in East Africa (Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and the Nile Valley Region), later posted in Cairo, Egypt (handling agricultural development matters in Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Morocco and Tunisia), and completed UN diplomatic assignment in the FAO Headquarters in Rome, managing the Global Programme for Animal Genetic Resources.
I am farming fruit, crop and indigenous livestock farms in Hungary, managing rural development company dealing with local, regional and international projects using national and EU funds, and since 2005, I am involved in LEADER+ and the present LEADER programme. Since 2008. I am the Chairman of the Cserhatalja LEADER LAG, North Hungary, and also member of the ELARD (European LEADER Association for Rural Development) Council. In our farms we are receiving farmer groups and students from EU countries, an average of 300 specialists annually. I am closely following the European Rural Development matters, including issues of CAP post 2013. During the past years I made a lot of efforts to set up regional LEADER networks, initiate transnational projects and demonstrate good practices. As professor of the Agricultural Science Centre of the Debrecen University, Hungary I am dealing with food security and food sovereignty issues. Through regional NGOs I am involved with the Danubian Valley Animal Genetic Resources as well as rural tourism and biodiversity.