The 9th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference (CAC) will be held in Reykjavik Iceland 6th to 8th October 2016. The overall theme of the conference will be the role of agriculture in the circumpolar bioeconomy.
Bioeconomy is the part of the economy that is based on biological resources and it is becoming more and more important in the international policymaking and research programs. People look to strengthening of the bioeconomy as means to deal with the many of the Grand Challenges that humanity is facing: Improve food security for the increasing world’s population, deal with climate change, the shift from an economy that is based on fossil fuels to an economy that is based on renewable resources as well as strengthening rural areas, create jobs and increase profitability.
Strengthening of agriculture as part of a stronger bioeconomy can create significant opportunities for the arctic and subarctic regions. For the last century average temperatures in the Arctic have increased at a double rate compared to the world average. It is clear that the Arctic region is facing dynamic times ahead; filled with both challenges and opportunities. Going forward, the focus must be on limiting risk and nurturing of the opportunities with research and development in sustainable practices. One of the key elements in that prosperity is research and advancements in the bioeconomy, with eco-innovation and green growth at its core.
The conference is an international conference with participation from the Nordic countries, Canada, Alaska and Russia. The aim of the conference is to highlight the role of agriculture in the circumpolar bioeconomy and the importance of knowledge transfer to ensure competitiveness and sustainable value creation in the agricultural and food sectors. Progress, trends and challenges in agriculture in the region with respect to innovation and the development of the bioeconomy are important topics for the conference. A special focus will be on success stories which can be used to stimulate progress in different arctic regions.