South Transdanubia


Region's basic data
  • 886,640 people
  • 1,322,900 hectares agricultural area, which covers 9,33% of the territory (14.169, km2 or 14.169.000, hectares) of South Transdanubia.
  • 3,525 companies (operating in plant growing, animal breeding, forestry and aquaculture).
  • In 2016 the regional GDP of South Transdanubia was 2,133,106 million HUF. From this 184,414 million HUF was the contribution of plant growing, animal breeding, forestry and aquaculture. The ratio is 8.64%.
South Transdanubia

The region covers the south-western part of Hungary (Baranya, Tolna and Somogy counties), occupying 15% of the country. It has a population of 886,640 and a steady decline due to outmigration and natural population decline. Its population density is significantly lower than the national average and is also the lowest in comparison to the seven Hungarian regions. Despite all this, about one-fifth of the country’s settlements are located in this region, which is mainly due to the small-village settlement structure of Baranya and Somogy counties. The settlement network of the region is highly polarized.

The region’s economic character is heterogeneous, with several dominant sectors characterizing the economic activity. The RIS3 Strategy of Southern Transdanubia identifies the following leading economic sectors:

The region’s agro-ecological potential is better than the national average. The plant structure is still dominated by small plant sizes, whose competitiveness is unsatisfactory.

The region’s natural conditions and the agro-ecological potential are favourable for both for crop production and animal husbandry. The presence of higher education institutions, research institutes and professional organizations is also favourable, as well as the participation of these institutions in international networks, which can create a basis for higher value-added agri-food production for the region as a whole.


I-CON – Improving COmpetences and skills through Food sector InNovations – (Interreg Central Europe Programme)

Slovenia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are facing declining employment opportunities in traditional industries as a result of structural change. Within this framework, those Central Europe Countries, together with Austria, Italy and Germany, designed and implemented a sustainable transnational action plan to generate competitive advantages for SMEs and proactive hints for intermediaries and institutional representative levels.

Ten competent partners bringing knowledge competences and reliable and strong relationships with their local environments, collaborated to improve entrepreneurial competences and skills in remote areas through food innovation potentials.

Outputs of I-CON were joint transnational food mentor scheme and a food crowd design platform usability.

Inno-CropFood – Transnational Innovation Platform from Cropfield to Table (Hungary-Croatia IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013)

Under ACTION 2.1.3 Joint Research, Development and Innovation, the proposed project was contributed to the enhancement of the joint RDI capacity of the Hungarian-Croatian border region by building/establishing a cooperation of Kaposvár University, JJ Strossmayer University, the Somogy Chamber of Commerce and Industry and South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency. The overall objective of the project was to develop mutual communication platform between agro-food stakeholders in order to improve of the RDI capacity of the target region.

ACCESS – ACCelerating regional competitivenESS and sector-based excellence through innovation management tools and techniques (Central Europe Programme).

This was our project within the CENTRAL EUROPEAN PROGRAMME. The Lead Partner of the project was the South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd. ACCESS was implemented by 11 partners coming from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia who have been brought together in their common interest in a new level of innovation development that focused on the following two specific facets:

The partners started with the knowledge audit and integration that aims at investigating and understanding regional innovation capabilities in terms of sectoral specifics. Then they analysed and integrated the cumulated knowledge in common understandings and through this they created a knowledge base of sector-based innovation.

Furthermore, it was of high importance to share knowledge about innovation management tools and techniques. For this purpose, a transnational innovation management training was organised enabling selected employees of each partner – who will act as “internal peers” during the pilot application – to deal with innovation management related matters.


South Transdanubia

Digitisation for the enhanced output performance of dairy cow farming

Information and communication technologies to support decision making in farm management, operation and input-output sides of dairy cow breeding and lactation.

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South Transdanubia

Sensor and data driven plant growing

Sensor and data driven plant growing illustrating the technical, organisational and economic aspects of precision farming for farm development.

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South Transdanubia

Industry 4.0 Sample Factories

Industry 4.0 sample factory training and demonstration project for small and medium sized food industry enterprises to capitalise on their information and data.

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A specialized agrifood programme is created through the cross fertilization of Regions4Food

April 28, 2022

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On-line study visit in Hungary

July 3, 2020

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