Seminar: Globalization and Food Security in the Barents Region

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 09:15 to 16:00


Arctica Auditorium, Arktikum-house, Pohjoisranta 4, 96200 Rovaniemi (FIN)

The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, in cooperation with the HuArctic research project organizes a workshop on “Globalization and Food Security in the Barents region” on Tuesday, 16th August, 2016. The seminar will take place in the Arctic Centre, Arktikum building, Arctica seminar room. The morning session will be dedicated to academic presentations by invited speakers from several countries, while the afternoon discussions will engage stakeholders from the local food sectors. All interested are welcome to attend the seminar.

Relevamce of the workshop:

Food security is a complex issue. It has both global and local dimensions. Globalization and expansion of market economy contribute to influence local or localized aspects relating to food security. There are multiple issues involved in the understanding of food security, such as access, affordability, stability and distribution. Food security is addressed as one of the core issues while presenting the concerns of human security. We look at Barents region – the region in other words known as the European North located in Arctic and sub-Arctic region. The region faces numerous challenges in terms of increased human activities, in particular increased mining and similar types of activities, having potential to impact the region’s environment, and ultimately affecting the safety and security of food and traditional food supply chain. Given that the region is also regarded as the home for indigenous Sámi population, we look into the supply of tradition food free from contamination capable of providing the dietary needs of both local and indigenous communities. For the Sámi, food is also a component of culture. We therefore intend to explore diverse understanding of food security taking into consideration of the region’s specific characteristics; investigate how transformation taking place in the region impacts food safety and security; and eventually approach the issue from an interdisciplinary perspective with a view to develop the possible tools to promote food security to help benefit both local and indigenous communities of this particular region.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 01:58