The Governance of the Arctic-Barents Region and Food Security

  • Kamrul Hossain
  • Dele Raheem
  • Shaun Cormier


Food security in the Arctic-Barents region does not have its own unique governance approach. Rather, the existing governance framework—a number of international and regional regulations in several sectors—that applies to the Arctic and its Barents region also addresses food security and safety, either directly or indirectly. In addition, given that the region is heavily institutionalized because of the presence of a number of bodies—both inter-governmental and inter-regional—the issues in relation to food security are also addressed in policy documents as well as in the resolutions adopted within the auspices of these institutions. Moreover, the international human rights framework also addresses food security in guaranteeing several of the fundamental human rights, such as the right to life and the right to health. For certain traditional communities, such as indigenous peoples, food forms a culture to be enjoyed in community with other members of the group, providing rights applicable to groups within the framework of international human rights law. This chapter, therefore, presents the existing legal and policy measures in relation to food security, highlighting the need for coordination among these various measures so that a better governance of food security can be achieved in the regional settings.


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

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