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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.

Cultural Event
12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Opening Plenary

Opening plenary with speakers and farmers from around the world.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Do’a Zayed

Kathryn Manga

Agnes Kirabo

Chair

Angela Cordeiro

Languages

English, Español

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Supporting Agroecological Food Systems in the Era of COVID-19

With global hunger likely to double as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the need for food systems transformation has never been more urgent. Across five continents, Agroecology Fund partners have been on the frontlines of relief efforts, mobilizing powerful grassroots networks to strengthen long-term food security and resilience. The Agroecology Fund launched an Emergency Fund to support 59 such community-led responses to Covid-19. A panel of grassroots organizations will share their strategies to provide…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Professor Jennifer Dungait

Stephen Briggs

Phil Jarvis

Chair

Dr Lydia Smith

Languages

English, Español

15:00 - 16:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Future-Proofing Farms Against Climate Change: The Role of Trees in Healthy Soil Management

Including trees in farm management offers opportunities to future-proof our farms against the effects of global climate change. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent throughout the world. 60% of UK farm businesses have been affected by severe weather over the last 10 years. Soil degradation and loss are evident as wet winters carry our topsoil onto roads. Annually, flood damage costs the farming sector £1.9 billion, with a rise to £2.4 billion expected by…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Michael Fakhri

Chair

Kerry McCarthy MP

Languages

English, Español

17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: A Vision for the Future of the World’s Food Systems

At last year’s World Food Day, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced that he would convene a UN Food Systems Summit in the fall of 2021. Little did anyone know that the stakes would become so acute so fast. The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become a hunger crisis. At this moment of upheaval, what gets decided in the next few years will determine the path for global food governance for decades to come. Guterres‘s goal…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Professor Andrew Neal

Dr Felicity Crotty

Chair

Fidelity Weston

Languages

English, Español

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Life in the Soil Under Pasture

Biodiversity is critical to sustainable farming. Evidence from long-term field experiments (50 – 170 years) suggest that the central relationship between microbes, organic carbon and soil structure determines soil system performance. Detailed work at Rothamsted led by Prof. Andrew Neal is demonstrating the strong relationship between organic carbon, structure and the hydrodynamic behaviour of soil. Among other sources, farmyard manure plays an important role in managing soil systems. The experiments also demonstrate significantly higher levels…

Keynote

Speakers

Frances Moore Lappé

Chair

Baroness Rosie Boycott

Languages

English, Español

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Food and Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe’s bestselling book, Diet for a Small Planet was published in 1971 and taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating. Today, it remains just as relevant, exploring such critical themes as the connection between food and democracy.

Sharing her personal evolution and how this groundbreaking book changed her own life, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé offers ORFC delegates the opportunity to share in her experiences of…

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…

Workshop

Chair

Verónica Villa

Languages

English, Español

15:00 - 16:30 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Activist-Exchange: Sharing Strategies to Take Back Control of the Future

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 250

How can we bring about people’s control of technology? How can grassroots activists and popular movements take on the might of corporations who wish to impose new technologies on us? This workshop session, in collaboration with ETC Group, is an opportunity for activists from different communities around the world to connect and learn from each other’s experiences in struggles about technologies in the food system. What were the lessons…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Tchenna Fernades Maso

Federico Pacheco

Gerardo Reyes Chavez

Chair

Adam Payne

Languages

English, Español

17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Workers’ Power: Taking on the Multinationals

As power in the food system is increasingly globalised and concentrated, we need strategies to hold corporations to account for the human rights abuses taking place in the fields growing produce that supply our supermarket shelves, and improve the working conditions or agricultural labourers. Join us and hear from leaders discussing social movement strategies to mobilise workers power to defend their rights in the face of multinationals in the food and agriculture system.

In…