The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine have significantly disrupted global trade and value chains. In addition to economy and geopolitics, this also has implications on maintaining the vital functions of societies around the world. The functions include nutrient recycling, which refers to the system where nutrients and organic carbon are transferred through society from soils to products, and finally to waste or side-streams, including recycled fertilisers.
The recent geopolitical shifts have created new incentives to use microbial or plant-based products to improve soil health and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture. These are in line with ecological arguments for more localized nutrient cycles as well as the goals of EU’s strategic autonomy, national self-sufficiency, and security of supply.
This webinar explores the interplay between global geopolitics and the management of essential nutrients necessary for agriculture and food security. How can resilience and adaptability be increased in a rapidly evolving global trade landscape of agriculture? How should different forms and levels of government navigate the challenges of resource distribution, technology transfer, and trade negotiations related to sustainable agricultural inputs in the era of polycrisis?
The webinar is organized by FIIA in cooperation with Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE).
You can register for the webinar here .
Opening words :
Mikko Weckroth , Research Manager and Senior Scientist , Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
Guy Faure , Senior Policy Officer, European Commission: “A global perspective to the fertilizer crisis: what is at stake?”
Marco Siddi , Leading Researcher, FIIA; “Conflict, geopolitics and food security”
Jyrki Niemi , Research Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE): “Dependencies and vulnerabilities in global fertilizer trade”
Panel : “Drivers and barriers for more localized nutrient cycles”
Kaisa Karttunen , Professor of Practice, University of Helsinki
Kimmo Rasa , Research Manager and Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
Tiffanie Stephani , Vice President, Government Relations and External Communications, Yara Europe
Ville-Veikko Pitkänen , Counsellor, Finland’s Representation in NATO
Emma Hakala , Leading Researcher, FIIA