The 11th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference to be arranged in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, July 5th to 7th 2022

The 11th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference to be arranged in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, July 5th to 7th 2022.

The Circumpolar Agricultural Association (CAA) is a non-governmental organization concerned with northern agricultural science, practices and policies. Since its foundation in 1992, the CAA has aimed at arranging a conference every third year or so within its sphere of interest.

The next triennial conference will be arranged by Búnaðarstovan – Agricultural Agency of the Faroe Islands, and will take place during the days of July 5th to 7th 2022 in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. The conference venue will be located at the renowned Nordic House in Tórshavn (Norðurlandahúsið í Føroyum The conference will embrace 2 days of indoor meetings and a 1 day field excursion.

The main theme for the 11th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference (CAC 2022) will be under this headline: “Farming in the High North – Contributions to a sustainable local Bioeconomy and secure Food Systems.”

Furthermore, we plan parallel sessions under these respective headlines:

• Arable plants for the High North; potentials within plant breeding and the gain from Crop Wild Relatives.

• Future farming options in the High North as a consequence of the predicted land releases due to climate change.

• Contributions from farming and affiliated economic activities to more resilient local communities and stronger local economy in the High North

• Digitization as a motorway for wider market access for the products and services deriving from resources in the High North

The reason for this rather wide theme for the CAC 2022, but yet of so topical interest, has its foundation in e.g. the Nordic perspectives on the future, as described in the Vision 2030 Programme [a most sustainable and integrated region; i.e. green, competitive and socially sustainable], as well in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). No other sector like Agriculture in its broadest sense might interact with as many of these prioritised topics. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wakeup call regarding the vulnerability of our modern supply chains, and on the need for e.g. rethinking the schemes for local food production. Prosperity for the citizens of the Arctic is a cornerstone for making the region attractive to the younger generations and thus being vibrant communities. The predicted effects of climate change will probably over time reveal huge areas of both land and sea in the Arctic, where the citizens of the region might have their option to contribute to the FAO call on increased future global food production. The theme is also meant to be a prolonged debate from the 10th. conference in 2019.

Please note that the call for abstracts for the 11th CAC 2022 is now open. The deadline for abstract submission is thr 1st of April. Abstracts can be max. 250 words long and must be written in English and include text only (no pictures, graphics or references). Keywords can be included. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to Búnaðarstovan – Agricultural Agency, at the distinct conference e-mail address:

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The FB group of Circumpolar Agriculture Association is meant to all who are interested in agriculture and food production in the circumpolar North. This means not just conventional agriculture but also nature-based livelihoods and products in their different forms. The scope of this group is wide and multidisciplinary.

You are welcome to share your news about related themes, projects, research results, invitations to conferences and meetings, your experiences and so on.

The group is established to act as a link of people involved in northern agriculture such as researchers, practitioners, educators, administrators, managers, policy-makers and students.

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The 10th CAC successfully held

The conference participants from all the Arctic countries met at the Arktikum, Rovaniemi. Photo: Marko Junttila, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

The 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference was successfully held 13-15 March, 2019 in Rovaniemi, Finland. Totally 170 international delegates including researchers, practitioners, managers, educators and students from 12  different countries and all over the Arctic participated in the event. The conference received many thanks for its arrangements and inspiring atmosphere.

The conference discussed topical challenges and opportunities of  local agriculture, food production and rural development in the northern areas. Arctic foods, their local profitability and business opportunities were also addressed, similarly as implications of climate change and land use, food security and other questions. The two-day conference included nine oral sessions, two poster sessions and a finalizing panel discussion.  

Third conference day was dedicated to an excursion to North East Finland for familiarization with local agriculture, reindeer herding and utilization of natural products.

The local organiser of the conference was the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in cooperation with Natural Resources Institute Finland and several local institutions in Lapland. The conference was one of the events organised during the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Further information: CAC2019 homepage. 

The next CAC will be held in Faroe Islands in 2022.





The Programme of 10th CAC 2019 published

CACconference_somekuva_yleinen_FinlandWelcome to 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference on 13-15 March 2019 to Rovaniemi, Finland!

The program is now published! We will have 51 interesting oral presentations and 47 poster presentations from various fields of Arctic agriculture and food production based on natural resources. There will be also many attractive side events.

Researchers, practitioners and managers from different parts of the Arctic get together.

– Don’t miss this opportunity! – More information:

A position of a Post-doctoral Fellow available

A two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship, Determinants of FEW Technology Adoption in the Arctic

University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Canada

Closing date: Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.

Start date: As soon as position is filled.

More information: david.natcher(at)

Call of Abstracts extended

The call of abstracts for the 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference has been extended! The new deadline is 29th October, 2018. The link for submission of abstracts is in the conference website.

Please note that conference presenters have the possibility to publish in the Open Agriculture, in Special Issue of the Conference.

The deadline for submissions of full-length papers is 31st March 2019.

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Don’t miss the Call of Abstracts

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Please note that the Call for Abstracts for 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference is on! The Call of Abstracts will end 17 September.

The Conference will take place 13-15 March 2019, in Rovaniemi, Finland. It will address best practices, innovations and perspectives of local small-scale agriculture in the North.

The program also includes Arctic Deli Market and an interesting whole-day excursion in North-East Lapland.

Welcome to our Facebook group! 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference

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