Crisis Preparedness in Agriculture

Nov. 26 - 27, 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden

Dear colleagues,

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

Fredrik Fogelberg
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?


Preliminary program

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

Practical info

Participation fee

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.