June 21st


Dialogue sessions - Day 1

(slight changes may still occur)
The Green Growth Dialogue is all about creating a space of learning and exchange of knowledge; a dialogue between different perspectives, approaches, and understandings of problems and solutions; an experience of inspiration and motivation to act. Day 1 will focus on the perspectives of different actors in the food governance nexus: national and local authorities, producers, retailers and buyers, as well as research&development. 


08:30–09:00 - Registration of participants.

09:00–09:15 - Welcome and introduction with Lau Blaxekjær, Assistant Professor, Programme Director of West Nordic Studies.

09:15–09:30 - Conference launch with local dignitary.


The morning theme is Challenges and Solutions. What is the status of production when it comes to vegetables and greens in the Faroe Islands? What does the future hold, what is possible when utilizing alternative production methods?


MORNING inspirators

09:30–09:45 - Rólvur Djurhuus, head of department at the Faroese Agricultural Agency: Status of food production and hopes for the future.

09:45–10:00 - Christian V. Dalsgaard: First aquaponics and hydroponics steps in the Faroe Islands.

10:00–10:10 - Jón Kragesteen, West Nordic Studies: From Student Project to Master's Thesis; Visions for the Future.

10:10–10:15 - Introduction to Workshop #1 with Lau Blaxekjær: Different perspectives on food production and consumption.


10:30–12:00 - Workshop #1, Challenges and Solutions: Different perspectives on food production and consumption.

Group 01 - Producer's perspectives, headed by Michael Lynge Heretis [Arctic Greens] and Katrin Petersen [Veltan]: Meeting demands and creating demand. Should governments and municipalities be required to purchase locally produced goods, if available, before purchasing imported goods?
Group 02 - Retailers' and buyers' perspectives, headed by Bogi Vik [Cooperative Supermarket; Føroya Keypsamtøka] and representative from [Gist & Vist / Hotel Føroyar]: What do retailers and resellers require and what should producers be able to deliver?
Group 03 - Public authorities' perspectives, headed by Siv Lene Gangenes Skar [NIBIO] and Rólvur Djurhuus [Faroese Agricultural Agency]: What should be the role of governmental agencies and ministries and how can other relevant actors be brought on board?
Group 04 - Research, Development and Educational perspectives, headed by Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann [University of Greenland] and Lau Blaxekjær [University of the Faroe Islands]: How can small institutions of learning in the Arctic facilitate research and development in collaboration with producers and agencies?


12:00–12:45 - Lunch, will be held upstairs.



12:45–14:00 - New Ideas & New Collaborations?

  • Option 1: Veltan, a local farming cooperate.
  • Option 2: Relax at the local café; Kafé Breiðateig.
  • Option 3: Walk around the cozy village of Sandur.


The afternoon theme is Input and technical solutions. What are some of the different variables that must be considered during the initial phases of alternative food production such as hydroponics or aquaponics?



14:10–14:25 - Michael Lynge Heretis, owner of Arctic Greens: Growing lettuce in Greenland; Re-purposing the shipping container in the quest for locally produced greens.

14:25–14:40 - Simon Goddek, Co-Founder of Developonics: What are the challenges of sustainable and commercial aquaponics in the Arctic?

14:40–14:55 - Oliver Körner, Senior Specialist at Danish Technological Institute: Modeling and optimizing greenhouse structures, equipment and cultivation strategies in the Arctic.

14:55–15:00 - Introduction to Workshop #2 with Lau Blaxekjær: Best practices for Arctic climates.


15:00–16:30 - Workshop #2, Input and technical solutions: Best practices for Arctic climates.

Group 05 - Headed by Rakul Arnfríð Dam [Faroese Environmental Agency] and Oliver Körner [DTI]: How can communities in the northern periphery best construct and optimize sustainable structures for food production?
Group 06 - Headed by Simon Goddek [Developonics]: What part can existing industries play in assisting alternative local food production; excess resources such as heat or fertilizers.
Group 07 - Headed by Ragnheiður Inga Thorarinsdóttir [Svinna] How can aquaponics become a new niche for sustainable aquaculture.

16:30–16:40 - Wrap-up

19:00–00:00 - Dinner (with a presentation, TBD).