NJF SEMINAR 504
Crisis Preparedness in Agriculture
Nov. 26 - 27, 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden
I am happy to invite you to our NJF Conference on ”The Role of Agriculture in Civil Defence in the Nordic-Baltic Countries ” on November 26th – 27th 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden.
As you know the NJF – Nordic Association of Agricultural Science was founded in 1918 to promote scientific cooperation cross the borders of Scandinavia. Today, a century later we are still committed to this mission to encourage exchange of knowledge in agriculture between our Nordic-Baltic countries.
Crisis preparedness in agriculture is a new topic for NJF, but more important than ever. Farming and food production is heavily depended on fossil fuels, imported spare parts to machines and of pesticides. What will happen in an event of restricted import of these goods and services? How can the farmers interact with society in a major crisis such as forest fire, a severe snow blizzard or an electrical power failure?
Our conference/workshop will have a broad perspective and look for solutions and ideas in order to make our Nordic-Baltic agriculture more resilient to crises.
Although the conference has a Nordic-Baltic perspective, we welcome participants from all countries to take part and present results, discuss ideas and exchange knowledge on how to improve crisis preparedness in agriculture.
Welcome in November 2018 to Uppsala, Sweden
President of NJF
First call for Crisis Preparedness in Agriculture
The agriculture in the Nordic-Baltic countries plays an important role as food producer to the population, but is also a potentially important player in the overall defence. Lantbruk has access to food production, but also machinery, vehicles and knowledge that are of great practical benefit to the total defence. For example, you can transport water to larger fires or erase trees that have fallen over roads.
However, agriculture's ability to help society in a crisis or war situation depends on a number of surrounding factors:
- What is the ability of agriculture to independently maintain electricity and water supply for livestock?
- What is the ability of agriculture to fuel their vehicles?
- What capacity does the farm have for their own or hired staff to carry out their own production and partly the efforts that society needs (snow removal, tree felling, drinking water for animals and humans, firefighting, local food supply)?
An important issue is thus what mutual dependence the society / total defence has on agriculture in a crisis situation. Should we primarily use agriculture as a local food supplier in a war situation or as a civil defence line in the event of a crisis, where agriculture, in cooperation with local rescue services, is going to extinguish fires, transport supplies and clear snow?
What technical systems and formal agreements need to be made to actively use agriculture in a crisis situation? Who are the players and who determines the priorities?
How should the crisis preparedness in agriculture financed and what roles should be covered by social responsibility and what are voluntary commitments without compensation?
Day 1 – Monday November 26th 2018
09.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30 – 11.00 Welcome address and practical information
11.00 – 12.00 Oral presentations
12.00 – 13.20 Lunch
13.20 – 16:00 Oral presentations of about 25 minutes each. Coffee during the afternoon.
16.00 – 17.30 Workshop in groups – what is the purpose of agriculture in a crisis?
19.00 Conference dinner
Day 2 – Tuesday November 27th 2018
09.00 – 12.00 Sessions and coffee break
12.00 – 13.00 Panel debate and concluding remarks
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch
14.15 – 17.00 Study tour to farm for brainstorming about improved crisis resilience (optional, not included in registration fee)
Language and publications
Oral and poster presentations. Possibility to have stands for organizations for hand-outs or products/information.
Presentations published in the NJF report series and available as a pdf on www.njf.nu
NJF member 250 EURO including conference dinner
Non NJF-member 300 EURO including conference dinner
Late registration (after November 18th ) 400 EURO including conference dinner
Contact and more information
Fredrik Fogelberg, +46 10 516 69 08, Fredrik.Fogelberg@ri.se
A more detailed program will be published on July 10th .
If you would like to participate in general or have an oral presentation/poster, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers already now.