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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.

Farm Practice
Workshop

Speakers

Nicolas Lefebvre

Mark Lea

Clive Bailye

Chair

Jerry Alford

Languages

English

14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Organic No-till with Living Mulches: The Holy Grail for Organic Arable?

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

No-till arable farming has revolutionised the arable farming mindset and is of interest to organic farmers because of its potential to reduce cultivations whilst providing weed control, fertility and soil health. But is it possible?

Cover crops or green manures have always been part of organic arable systems but are now commonly used conventionally as part of regenerative farming systems.. The 4 pillars of regenerative farming are no-till, continuous…

Workshop
15:00 - 16:30 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Using COP26 to Build Momentum for Integrated and Just Food Policies that Support Nature, Climate and People

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 70 [FULL]

In November 2021, the 26th UN Climate COP in Glasgow will face the monumental task of bridging the gap between countries’ current climate commitments and the significant transformation needed to tackle the climate emergency. With food systems currently accounting for 1/3 of total greenhouse gas emissions, the road joining Glasgow to Paris and the important goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees must go through the farm gate…

Farm Practice
Workshop

Speakers

Lizzie Clough

Liz Genever

Pete Douglas

Chair

Kate Still (co-chair)

Keith Halstead (co-chair)

Languages

English

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Getting the Most Out of Livestock Enterprises: Delivering Public Goods and Ensuring Viability in the UK

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

Hear from three farmers who have adapted and innovated to ensure their livestock enterprises survive beyond subsidy by getting to grips with their financial management, optimising forage utilisation and responding to market demand.

Many livestock enterprises in the UK have been reliant on income from the Basic Payment System under the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to improve their farm business turnover. This session considers novel ways for livestock to…

Workshop

Chair

Nina Moeller

Colin Anderson

Languages

English

18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Financing Agroecology: From Tweaking to Transformation…!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

This interactive session is aimed at anyone interested in strengthening agroecology, especially farmers, activists, donors/funders, researchers and policy makers.

Agroecology promotes radical transformation of food and agriculture based on ecological principles, guided by visions of justice and led by farmers and citizens. It is increasingly embraced as a response to converging socio-ecological crises. However, almost all funding continues to flow to projects that undermine agroecology and strengthens the global,…

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…

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…

Farm Practice
Workshop

Speakers

Leopold Rittler

Mike Mallett

Dr. Florian Leiber

Chair

Jerry Alford

Languages

English

17:00 - 18:30 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Feeding Pigs and Poultry on Regionally Produced and Organic Feed

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

The workshop will look at on-farm alternatives to soya as a protein source and alternative soya products not associated with deforestation.

Feeding pigs and poultry entirely on organic and regionally sourced feed is a long-held ambition of many organic and agroecological farmers. OK-Net EcoFeed, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 scheme, is helping them achieve this goal.

In this workshop, we look at two systems which could replace…

Workshop

Speakers

Rob Hopkins

Languages

English

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

How to Build a Time Machine

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

In this participatory workshop, Rob Hopkins will build on the creative process shared in his earlier talk, offering a more experiential immersion into some of the key ideas. He will bring along his Time Machine, built during lockdown in his garage from plans he found online, and invite participants to join him on a journey to a near future; that is the result of our having done everything we…

Farm Practice
Workshop
17:00 - 18:30 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Ranching in Relationship to Land: A Female Perspective

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

Join us - a panel of nine women ranchers across the US - for a facilitated weaving of conversation on the creative, collaborative, and diverse approaches to leadership within ranching communities and land stewardship. Hear stories of how self inquiry and experience are mapping a radically different path forward in a commitment to care for land. Connected through the Women in Ranching community across the western United States, the…