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Agri 2022

Jarkko Leppala

Jarkko Leppala, Speaker at Agriculture Conferences 2022
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland
Title : Holistic risk management on farms


Fasari project in the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has studied corporate security and holistic risk management in agriculture. In agriculture and the natural resource sector in general, small entrepreneurs strive to manage multiple goals and risks in their work and business. Holistic risk management is based on identifying and managing different sources of risk. The project conducted a survey of agricultural entrepreneurs on farm risks. Farmers need tools and solutions for holistic risk management to meet their business and security goals. The Fasari project risk management tools based on a survey (N=729) on business security and risk management for farmers in Finland. The most important risks among the farmers were associated to production costs, price risks, storm destruction and weather, injury and occupational disease risks. Stress risk on farms was also associated high. A farm risk map tool has been updated and tested in the planning and development of operations. The project will create and test electronic farm risk management program and tools. As a conclusion the barriers in safety culture on farms should be more addressed to meet the future challenges in food production. Adapting to changing internal and external risks on Farms is important in the future for the entire food sector.


Dr. Leppälä graduated as MS (Agr) from Helsinki University, Finland in 2000. After graduation he worked for educational planner in Helsinki University one year and then worked for Management Institute of Finland (MIF) couple years. He started to work as research scientist in 2004 for MTT Vakola engineering research and after that MTT Agrifood Finland business and economic research. When MTT Agrifood changed name as Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), he continued his research in Luke. He graduated from Aalto University in 2016 as Dr.SC. (tech.) from the field of Industrial Engineering and Management. His dissertation title was Systematic Risk Management on Farms. After this he worked for Scientific Representative in Safety Culture and Risk Management in Agriculture (Sacurima) EU COST Action in 2017-2021. He was nominated as Senior Research Scientist in Luke in year 2021. He has worked for agriculture management, risk management and safety studies over 17 years and published 15 peer revied articles in this field. He is a former football player and after football have been playing drums in a hard rock band in Helsinki.

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