The role of agricultural engineers in sustainable rural development in SEE (South Eastern Europe) countries

Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture, Izmir, Turkey (1)
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Engineering, Novi Sad (2)
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (3)
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade-Zemun (4)
Cukurova University, Faculty of Agriculture, Adana, Turkey (5)
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (6)
”Angel Kunchev” University, Faculty of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Rousse, Bulgaria (7)
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia (8)


Rural areas, especially in developing countries, are facing with numerous social, economical, cultural and environmental problems. In the most cases there is a growing concern because only very few farmers or inhabitants are able to follow contemporary, sustainable and environment-friendly methods in farming systems. The consequences of this are numerous, such as: poverty, significant migration to urban areas and unplanned suburban settlements. This has a significant impact on the national economy, demography, and environment. The Association of Agricultural Engineering in South Eastern Europe (AESEE), recently have dealt with these significant problems of the rural communities of their region and herewith emphasized the role of agricultural engineers in overcoming the problems and providing applicable solutions for a sustainable rural development.

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