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
- University of Eastern Finland
- Umeå University
- French National Research Center
- Arctic University of Norway
- Alborg University
- Leibniz Universität Hannover
- University of Toulouse
- Altai State Technical University
- Murmansk Arctic State University
- University of Montreal