Announcing the 8th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference and the University of the Arctic Inaugural Northern Food Summit
Conference and Summit Theme: Advancing food security and sustainable agriculture in the circumpolar north; Building an integrated vision, creating a process for sustainable food security in northern communities.
1. Educate world leaders on the critical nature of food supplies in the Circumpolar North;
2. Encourage the exchange of information, material and technology of agriculture and rural development in circumpolar areas.
3. Establish and maintain relations with other organizations whose interests are related to the objectives of the Circumpolar Agriculture Association and the thematic network on northern food security, University of the Arctic.
4. Discuss and define the barriers/challenges/opportunities of expanding the regional food economy.
Our Summit adopts the perspective that food security is a driver to community development and sustainability. The Summit takes a balanced approach between traditional subsistence natural resource access and agricultural production. Thus, rather than a commodity-specific conference, this Summit bridges diverse but common key areas to support, strengthen and expand the food resources and northern community development.
The Summit will discuss the barriers/challenges and develop solutions/opportunities across key critical areas, such as : i) Food Production; ii) Food Access and distribution systems; iii) Sustainable Practices; iv) Land Use Planning; v) Food Policy and Food Safety issues.