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ORFC Global 2021

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.

Keynote

Speakers

Colin Tudge

Chair

Ruby Reed

Languages

English

12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

The Agrarian Renaissance and The Great Re-Think: Book Launch with ORFC Co-founder, Colin Tudge

To put the world to rights – and it certainly needs putting to rights! – we need to re-build our lives around food and farming, particularly around the principles of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty. Radical change is called for, and to bring it about we need to dig deep: re-define our goals (what are we trying to achieve in life?); re-think and re-structure agriculture and the food culture that goes with it; re-think the underlying…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Jennifer Amejja

Edna Kaptoyo

Rita Uwaka

Chair

Gertrude Pswarayi-Jabson

Languages

English, Français

12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

African Women, Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Community Forestry

Three African women, Jennifer Amejja, Edna Kaptoyo and Rita Uwaka, speak about the importance of women’s cultural, traditional knowledge and practice for food sovereignty, agroecology and community forest management. How they grow nutritious food, use and protect medicinal plants, select and exchange seed, establish vital community seed banks, provide livelihoods and support the local economy. Also how they protect forests, many of which are sacred, and ensure replenishment and restoration of watersheds.

Indigenous women…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Wilberforce Laate

Joyce Ebebeinwe

Karen Nekesa

Sena ALOUKA

Chair

Bridget Mugambe

Languages

English, Français

13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Mainstreaming Agroecology in Africa’s Approach to Climate Change

AFSA is currently facilitating a campaign on mainstreaming agroecology in climate policies in 12 African countries and at the Africa regional level. The campaign includes mobilizing local actors, engaging government and reaching out to the general public through various media outlets. This session will share the experiences from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Togo. Sena Alouka from Togo we will share experiences of youth in rural Togo promoting agroecology for climate action and also share…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nury Martínez

Paul Nicholson

Chair

Catherine McAndrew

Languages

English, Español

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

La Via Campesina: The History of the Movement, How We Organise and What We Do

La Via Campesina made history in 1993 with the articulation of a global peasant movement. Since then they have grown to represent over 200 million peasants, small and medium size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world, and have become a leading light in social movements organising for a vision of social and environmental justice. Built on a strong sense of unity, solidarity between these…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Brett Tolley

Irmak Ertör

Thibault Josse

Chair

Joshua Stoll

Languages

English

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Community Supported Fisheries: Small-scale Fisheries and Peasant Agriculture, Same Struggles, Similar Solutions

Our oceans are suffering from the ravages of industrial fisheries and gigantic factory ships hovering up fish stocks in record times. A single haul can be as much as 200 tonnes of fish. Not only is this devastating for fish stocks, it also deeply affects small scale coastal fisheries who are in danger of going out of business: no or little fish, low prices and no access to markets.

And just as Community Supported Agriculture…

Keynote

Speakers

Rob Hopkins

Chair

Lucy Ford

Languages

English, Français

15:00 - 16:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

From What If to What Next: Why We Need to Cultivate Imagination Alongside Agricultural Produce

Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, will share ideas from his latest book 'From What Is to What If', exploring how we have allowed our collective imagination to contract and dessicate at the worst time possible. A zero carbon future, with a sustainable, resilient agricultural system, will be achieved, he argues, through creating the best conditions for the imagination and through inspiring examples. The next 10 years need to be many things, but they…

Farm Practice
Keynote

Speakers

Jairo Restrepo

Chair

Matt Dunwell

Languages

English, Español

15:00 - 16:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

An Ideal State of Being: The Impact of Industrial Agriculture on Our Soils, Diet and Souls

Jairo Restrepo is a passionate educator and activist, known throughout South America for his practical support of small farmers as well as his campaigns for their rights in the face of powerful agribusiness. He is unique in that he argues for farmers’ autonomy and self-determination but also teaches an array of practical technologies and preparations to increase soil fertility and transform cropping. He offers tools and inspiration for farmers and activists alike.

In this talk,…

Panel Discussion
16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Our Branches & Roots: Building Solidarity & Racial Justice in Our Movements

Horticultural, agricultural and environmental professions are some of the least diverse in Britain. In this session we will profile and celebrate the growing network of land workers, earth stewards, and nature connectors in the UK. We will discuss intersectional solidarity, social justice in food production spaces and the breaking of barriers impeding our collective liberation.

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Mulugeta Worku

Dr. Lovemore C. Gwiriri

Guru Thiru

Chair

Prof Mark Eisler

Languages

English, Français

16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Goats: The Hidden Transformers

Goats play a transformative role around the world, particularly in harsh environments - reflecting climate, vegetation or conflict. They transform the most indigestible plant material into meat, milk and skins and are also increasing the economic independence and resilience of rural women.

Rothamsted is researching the role of goats in smallholder systems in Malawi and Botswana - focused on nutrition, socioeconomics and parasitology (through targeted selective treatment using metabolites from bioactive plants). Goats have…