Ruokavarma - Vulnerabilities in the Finnish Food System

Duration: 2021 - 2022 <br>
Authors: Marjatta Selänniemi, Kaisa Karttunen, Anni Savikurki <br><br>
Partners: Finland Futures Research Centre of the University of Turku, Jyväskylä University School of Business & Economics 
Funding: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry  

Competitiveness of the food system is comprised of not only comparative cost advantages but also of the capacity of the system to fulfil its basic function – food supply and food security – in many kinds of situations and circumstances. 

The study is focused on the interdependencies within the food system and their role as a source of vulnerability. Alleviation of vulnerability asks for analysis of the systemic properties to identify effective leverage points. Change of the vulnerabilities is evaluated in three contrast scenarios. Actor network analysis reveals actions that reduce vulnerability of the food system in each scenario and also exposes the relocation and multiplicative effects of the vulnerabilities that arise as a consequence of the actions.

E2 Research is responsible for the vulnerability analysis.