The sustainable use of natural resources is central to solving major future issues, such as how to ensure a sufficient and safe food production for a growing population. The research carried out at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry provides science-based perspectives and means for meeting future challenges in agriculture, food production and forestry. Such challenges arise particularly from climate change and adaptation strategies, other environmental issues, food safety and supply, energy production and saving, as well as shifts in forestry. The goal of research is to promote the sustainable production, use and consumption of renewable natural resources both nationally and globally by integrating approaches from the natural sciences, engineering, economics and social sciences.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry participates, among other things, in HiLIFE, the University of Helsinki’s structural profiling initiative. The Faculty has chosen “sustainable bioproduction” as the umbrella theme for its research, and its research focus areas are
- Compitiveness and sustainability in food systems and new venture creation
- Development research and cooperation
- Digital infrastructures in natural resources management
- Food production chain and health
- Natural resource economics
- Research of plant and forest pathogens and microbes which are important for bioeconomy