Food and Agriculture Opportunities in South Greenland Under a Changing Climate

Organized by Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology 7. September 2017

It is the Tenth Century. The Viking Erik the Red overlooks his fertile fields in South Greenland, where a mild climate has made agriculture possible in close proximity to the vast ice sheet. Five hundred years later, the Norse population was extinct, most likely due to the little ice age, but in 2017, the climate is again getting milder and allowing agriculture to flourish.

A warmer climate and longer growing season will benefit Greenlandic agriculture, but climate change will also impose some challenges to the sector in the form of higher risk for drought during the growing season, increasing the need for irrigation the risk of pests.

To facilitate the sustainable development of the sector, it will be crucial to facilitate cooperation between policy makers, researchers and farmers. The opportunities for food development in South Greenland will be addressed in the session and quality food from Greenland will be served.

Speakers:

  • C. K. Madsen, Greenland National Museum & Archives: The history of the cultural landscape in South Greenland
  • Kenneth Høgh, Kujalleq kommune: Present day agriculture
  • Jørgen E. Olesen, AU AGRO: Future climate in South Greenland
  • Mogens H. Greve, AU AGRO: Climate adaption of Greenland Agriculture
  • Martin Marko Hansen, Mayers Madhus: A taste of Greenland, Food Opportunities in south Greenland

Qaqortoq by Cryopolitics

Qaqortoq in summer. Photo: Mia Bennett, Cryopolitics