Food Security and the Arctic-Barents Communities

  • Kamrul Hossain
  • Dele Raheem
  • Shaun Cormier


This chapter briefly discusses the traditional livelihood in relation to food practices, such as reindeer herding, fishing and other such practices in the Arctic-Barents region. The chapter, based on future scenario-building workshops held in various communities across the region, brings a perspective on how these communities relate to food security. The workshops revealed that food security is linked to other issues such as climate change, human activities, globalization and the high prices of foods in groceries. These related issues were reported to have climatic, social and environmental impacts in the region. The important role of food in connecting families, groups and communities across the region as a means of strengthening food sovereignty is also highlighted. The chapter also addresses the similarities and differences between traditional foods among the indigenous groups (Saami, Komi, Nenets, Veps and Pomors) and non-indigenous peoples in the Barents region. Furthermore, the chapter discusses how food is linked to tradition and culture, which can help to boost the economic security of these communities, for example, by promoting food culture as part of tourism in the region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamrul Hossain
    • 1
  • Dele Raheem
    • 1
  • Shaun Cormier
    • 1
  1. 1.NIEMUniversity of Lapland NIEMRovaniemiFinland

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