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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!

View a PDF of the full programme here

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

Plenary

Languages

English

09:30 - 10:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

ORFC 2024 Opening Plenary

We’ve come a long way together! Come and gather with your friends and colleagues as we celebrate the movement and look forward to a dynamic and agenda-setting two days of learning, sharing and connecting with others who share your vision of a better food and farming system. 

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Sofía Monsalve Suárez
Dee Woods
Million Belay

Chair

Nick Jacobs

Languages

English

Format

Video

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

From Corporations to Communities: Tipping the balance of power in decision-making about our food

Who controls the food we eat and grow? Deep power asymmetries in food system governance are blocking the transformation we need. For decades, the institutions and policies that affect decision-making about food systems have been captured by corporate overreach, undermining the public good and the rights of people and communities to engage in food system decision-making on their own terms. This event will reveal who really controls agri-food policy and regulatory decisions and how, exposing…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Guy Singh-Watson
Mandy Barber
Tom Hartley

Chair

Carolyn Coxe

Languages

English

Format

Video

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Perennial Veg: Promise and Propagation

Perennial veg has been taking off for years with home gardeners and allotmenteers but, whilst some classic examples, such as artichokes and asparagus, may be produced by commercial veg growers, uptake remains limited. Hear from Riverford founder Guy Singh-Watson on what’s caught his attention about the potential of perennials, expert perennial grower and founder of Incredible Vegetables, Mandy Barber, revealing the diversity of options perennials present, and get a debrief on micropropagation as a possible…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Richie Walsh
Hannah Thorogood
Henrietta Inman
Tom Adams

Chair

Jyoti Fernandes

Languages

English

Format

Video

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Agrobiodiversity for the Survival of our Food System

After almost a century of industrialised agriculture, we’ve found ourselves in a precarious position. We’ve ended up with a food and farming system based on just a few varieties of specialised crops and animals; but with this specialisation comes great risk. Now, in the face of intersecting environmental crises - from global warming to soil degradation and biodiversity loss - we need to (re)build diversity to build resilience. This session will hear from landworkers, food-makers…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Marianne Fisher
Doug Wanstall
Sarah Pullen
Lizzie Dyer
Mark Hunter

Chair

Leticija Petrovic

Languages

English

Format

Video

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Demonstrating Leadership through Local Authorities

This session will explore the vital role local governments play in driving food system change across the UK and examine how local government drives food system change through planning policies and regulations, promoting sustainable agriculture and building opportunities to share knowledge and local buy-in for new technologies. It will also look at how local governments can create opportunities for new routes to market, supporting local food economies and the relevance of food partnerships to support…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Miriam Rose
Esther Stanford-Xosei
Andre Kpodonu

Chair

Naomi Terry

Languages

English

Format

Video

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Land as Reparations and how to get there

The accumulation of land and wealth in Britain was made possible through the colonisation of peoples and lands across the globe; through the profits generated through enslavement; and through the creation of an economic system that was built on exploitation, violence and extraction. Land as reparations to communities who are directly affected by these systems and their fallout is one way repair can be attempted and healing and transformation towards something better made possible. This…

Oxford

Speakers

Ruth Segal

Angus Lam

Shamila Rathnasooriya

Ruth Bergan

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4th January 2024

Building Community Alliance to Stop UPOV and Protect Farmer Seed Systems

Today, peasants and farmers face threats to their food sovereignty and food security from laws privatising seeds, which are often designed to align with the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) convention. This session introduces UPOV and explores the latest international national mechanisms that intensify the challenges faced by farmers in protecting their seeds. We will present cases of community seed systems from Sri Lanka, highlighting local farmers’ struggles and…

Oxford

Speakers

Claire Whittle

Alex Tomlinson

Chair

Laura Higham

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

The Veterinary Role in Ecological Sustainability

Veterinary professionals operate at the human-animal-environment interface and are trusted advisors to farming clients. Despite their primary professional mandate to protect the animals ‘under their care’ and concern for sustainability issues, a focus of farm veterinary work has traditionally been directed towards the anthropocentric goals of food animal productivity and efficiency. In this session we will unpick the definitions of sustainability to arrive at an ecological paradigm that decentralises the position of humans within the…

Speakers

Lucy Aphramor

Becca Stevenson

Chair

Dan Crossley

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

WORKSHOP: Queering the Food Story for Health Justice and Food Systems Transformation

An interactive workshop to expand everyday conversations about health/ food justice in ways that support food systems change for agroecological transition. It involves two activities (i) using food items as props to prompt people to consider how far standard nutrition discourse and practice hinders or supports health/ disability justice and food systems change; and (ii) exploring ‘normal eating’, veganism, sustainability and related topics in a way that destabilises binary thinking to offer an alternative –…