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Welcome

Agriculture as the backbone of the economic system of the Slovak Republic

In 2016, agriculture accounted for 3.6% of Slovakia’s GDP and occupied about 3.9% of the labour force. Farming sector is characterised by large farm holdings - the average farm size in Slovakia is 77.5 hectares, relative to the EU average of 14.4 ha. Over 40% of the land in Slovakia is cultivated.

The primary agricultural products are sugar beets, potatoes, wheat, barley, fruit, forest products, corn, pigs, cattle, poultry, and sheep. Another important sector in Slovakia's agriculture is malting and beer production. The country's most important agricultural trading partners are the Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland.

Room for Improvement

The main challenge for the country’s agriculture is the lack of interest among young people in going into farming. Furthermore, R&D sector lacks investments. Only approximately 0,7% of Slovakia’s GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. Slovakia’s agri-food sector needs fundamental support and incentives for farmers to remain in the market through enhancing eco-systems related to agriculture.

EIT Food Hub in Slovak Republic: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra is the only agricultural university in Slovak Republic. One of the main research focuses of the university is the food sector. With its national scope, the university brings the education, research and development and the transfer into practise together. The relevant internal infrastructure of the university for "agricultural product - food system" prioritly includes the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences and the AgroBioTech Research Center with Transfer Centre. The university created National Platform AgroBioFood Nitra to present Slovak Republic in the field of foodstuffs and biotechnology as the national node.

The national dish of Slovakia, bryndzove; haluky, is potato-dough gnocchi topped with soft sheep bryndza cheese and fried bits of bacon. The dish exemplifies the nature of Slovak cuisine; high-energy, low-cost and quick to prepare.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Slovak Republic
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Tr. A. Hlinku 2
949 76 Nitra, Slovak Republic

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News

Results of the call for experts to carry out analyses of national and regional agri-food innovation policies in the countries News

Results of the call for experts to carry out analyses of national and regional agri-food innovation policies in the countries

01 Oct 2020 Applications were invited from individual experts from the following 17 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey
Call for experts to carry out analyses of national/regional agrifood innovation policies News

Call for experts to carry out analyses of national/regional agrifood innovation policies

26 Aug 2020 EIT Food with University of Warsaw carries out a comparative analyses of agri-food innovation policies in RIS countries, with a view to further improve EIT Food activities, outreach and targeted offering for local stakeholders
Food Foresight COVID-19: Request for proposals to carry out foresight analysis on the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the food sector News

Food Foresight COVID-19: Request for proposals to carry out foresight analysis on the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the food sector

08 Apr 2020 EIT Food CLC NE is looking for a Lead Expert to support CLC NE RIS team in the analysis of the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the agri-food sector
Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020 News

Call for proposals - Consumer Engagement Labs 2020

09 Mar 2020 EIT Food is looking for consortia consisting of 3 organisations operating in the same country (scientific organisation, food retailer/producer and start-up) that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs activity
Call for proposals to carry out activities to build entrepreneurial capacities for women in the agrifood business EIT Food Projects

Call for proposals to carry out activities to build entrepreneurial capacities for women in the agrifood business

03 Mar 2020 EIT Food is looking for 3 organisations based in the South of Europe, namely from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain or Turkey and 2 organisations based in the East of Europe, namely from Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Slovenia to organise activities within a project aiming at boosting the entrepreneurial skills of women in the agrifood sector
EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development open in 28 RIS countries News

EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development open in 28 RIS countries

28 Feb 2020 The training brings together 40 professionals from different backgrounds and countries, who will have an opportunity to gain knowledge of the tools, techniques, and methodologies used in the process of new product development in the food industry