Food (in)Security in the Arctic: Contribution of Traditional and Local Food to promote Food Security with Particular Reference to the European High North

This project will address the issues of food (in)security amongst the Arctic population, from a different angle that will identify the contribution of traditional and local foods in alleviating food (in)security in the region. The environmental, technological and economical changes witnessed by European High North communities threaten their traditional food supply. It will be important to gather facts from the local people on the effects of these changes through academic research on how they experience access to food and food safety, and seek ways to minimise the accumulation of contaminants in these traditional foods. The expected results from the project will help to identify obstacles to food insecurity causing the effect on the enjoyment of basic human rights among the most vulnerable groups of people of the Arctic.

The specific objectives will include the following investigations:

  • What are the policies in place to promote the supply of traditional and local foods, and their value addition in the food system?
  • What is the current consumers' perception of such products and their impacts on the local economy?
  • Why traditional food is important for the enjoyment of greater human rights?
  • How does climate change in the Arctic effect traditional food system, and thereby cause consequences in the enjoyment of most fundamental human rights from the viewpoint of food security?
  • Who are the main vulnerable groups in relation to food security? How food security is inter-linked with the safety issues and human health?


Our central aim in this project is to develop a network of scholars in order to promote new knowledge concerning the effect of climate change in the circumpolar Arctic on its vulnerable groups of population in regard to promoting overall food security as it applies to traditional food system as well as to the region’s population.


Three international workshops along with a kick-off meeting, where we invite project participants and renowned scholars to give presentations within the scope of the project’s theme.


2017 → 2020


Nordregio (Nordic Council of Ministers): DKK 200,000.00 

Project staff

Collaborative partners

  • Alborg University
  • Altai State Technical University
  • Arctic Scientific Research Center
  • Arctic University of Norway
  • French National Research Center
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Murmansk Arctic State University
  • Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk
  • Umeå University
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Toulouse


More information

Dr. Kamrul Hossain
Associate Professor / Director
Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
tel. +358 40 484 4281
email: kamrul.hossain (at)

Researcher Assi Harkoma
Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
+358 40 484 4159
emaiL assi.harkoma (at)