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Full Programme

This seven-day programme offers over 150 sessions that have been programmed with partners and farming communities from across six continents.  It includes a mix of talks, panel discussions, workshops and cultural events on everything from farm practice to climate justice to indigenous knowledge. Please take some time to explore!

Please note that although workshops are free to all registered delegates, separate, advance registration is required for all workshops, and spaces are limited. Workshop registration opened to all registered delegates from Tuesday, 29 December 2020 and was sent via email. Register early to avoid disappointment!

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Please note the times in the online programme below should display in your local time zone.

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion
12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Reaching Net Zero with Nature Friendly Solutions

Working towards Net Zero to reduce global warming has well and truly arrived for us all and is even more important now as we strive to reach Government targets and look to the possible new requirements and structures of future farming payment schemes. Farmers are key and incredibly well placed to help deliver this globally through a range of changes and options for their farming practices.

This session on reaching Net Zero or even Sub-Zero…

Panel Discussion
12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Farmer Managed Seed Systems in Africa

Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS) have, for hundreds of years, played a crucial role across the African continent in ensuring a diverse diet for millions of people and sustaining biodiversity. However, there is no continental law governing seeds in Africa and corporates have taken this as an opportunity to grab resources from the agricultural sector - which still occupies 70 % of the population into Africa - and sell them seed, fertilizers and pesticides. In…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Finn Cottle

Wilma Finlay

Rob Haward

Chair

Sophie Kirk

Languages

English

13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

The Organic Market: Building Resilience

COVID-19, Brexit and economic disruption are changing the UK sustainable food and drink markets, presenting new opportunities and challenges for organic farmers. This session outlines emerging trends and explores how farm businesses are adapting to build resilience in a time of change.

A changing world provides new opportunities and challenges for organic farmers.

Drawing on robust organic market trend data, and featuring speakers from flagship organic farm businesses, this session offers valuable insight into…

Workshop

Speakers

Chiara Tornaghi

Michiel Dehaene

Languages

English

13:00 - 14:30 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Building Farmers’ Capacity in the Context of Urbanisation: Political Pedagogies for Urban Agroecology

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 50

Farmer-to-farmer learning is a pillar of the food sovereignty and agroecology movements, enabling territorially-specific learning and alliance-building to support farmers’ livelihoods and broader socio-political transformations. Most accounts of experiences in this field are based on rural contexts and rural farm models. However, the broadening food sovereignty and agroecology movement is also reaching out to urban and peri-urban farmers, some of whom were once rural and found themselves absorbed by expanding…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Chair

Matt Naylor

Languages

English

13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill): Can It Transform Food Systems?

We cannot prevent climate and ecological breakdown without radical change to the food we eat and how it is produced. The IPCC Special Report on Land Use shows the extent of change required to restore natural carbon sinks, to help mitigate against temperature rises of 2 degrees and beyond, and adapt to avoid the worst impacts such as flooding and food shortages.

The CEE Bill lays out a pathway for the creation of a strategy…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Jo Jandai

Chris Newman

Languages

English, Español

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Democratising Food Sovereignty: An Intimate Look at Decentralized, Diversified and Democratized Food System Action

To understand food sovereignty, we must understand the current issue of power at the root of our food system. Indigenous leaders, Chris Newman and Jo Jandi not only recognise the centralisation of power but are also actively working to redistribute power in their local communities. How? By democratising and embedding food sovereignty into our food system. Chris brings his experience from Sylvanaqua Farms in the Northern Neck of Virginia, and Jo Jandi brings his experience…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Johanna Saxler

Petra Tas

Oli Rodker

Tanguy Martin

Chair

Phil Moore

Languages

English, Français

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Access to Land: Case Studies from Western Europe

This session will hear from four projects in Western Europe pioneering ways of providing access to land for ecological food production and new entrant farmers. We’ll learn of different business models used in the UK, Germany, Belgium and France to inspire different models across the world and give insights into the context in which these projects operate and the practicalities of making them work.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Qiana Mickie

Ariel Molina

Veikko Heintz

Chair

Judith Hitchman

Languages

English, Français

15:00 - 16:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for Food Justice: A Global Perspective

CSA groups have sometimes been labelled as middle class. And although sociological studies show that it is true that many CSA members have a background of higher education, the essence of community supported agriculture is to back local organic/agroecological farmers, be inclusive and build social cohesion. CSA farms using agroecological practices are conscious of their key role in providing healthy, nutritious food for all while preserving soil health and agrobiodiversity.

There are a wide…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nigel Adams

Louis Dolmans

Jim Jones

Chair

Dr Jo Staley

Languages

English

15:00 - 16:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Hedgerows: An International Perspective

This session will explore the many facets of hedgerows, from wildlife habitat to cultural history, from ecosystem services to ecological resilience.

Nigel Adams and Dr Jo Staley from the UK introduce the importance of hedgerows, their roles in agricultural landscapes and current policy relevance. They will outline the contribution that hedgerows can make to nature conservation along with the many ecosystem services that they provide, and the importance of sensitive management to guarantee their survival…