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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.

Panel Discussion
17:00 - 18:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food in Africa

Most soils across Africa are degrading and being lost to erosion. The conventional approach has been to push chemicals to ensure production. Research increasingly reveals that these chemicals contribute to killing soils, as well as causing harm to human health. Unfortunately, corporate and academic interests ensure a continuation of this ‘chemical life support system’.
During the last 50 years an increasing number of alternatives to the mainstream chemical approach have been emerging around the…

Workshop

Speakers

Didi Pershouse

Languages

English

17:00 - 19:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

How Farms Can Soak up the Rain, Create Resilience to Flooding and Drought, and Improve the Health of Crops, Animals, and People

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 500

Healthy topsoil forms a living matrix, a “soil sponge” that can soak up, hold, and filter rainwater, and maintain its structural integrity during water and wind events. This natural infrastructure makes life on land possible. By regenerating it, can address many of our major challenges:

- improve the health of crops, animals, and people
- provide resilience to flooding, drought, heatwaves, and wildfires
- recharge water tables

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nino Quaranta

Martina Lo Cascio

Carlos Marentes

Chair

Lydia Medland

Languages

English, Italiano

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Voices from the Frontline of Transnational Agricultural Labour

Much food production in Europe and North America depends on migrant workers. Yet, most people are not aware of the extreme working and living conditions involved in food production and processing. In many cases workers are people who have been forced to move to regions in the Global North due to climate change and conflict from rural and land-based livelihoods in poorer countries or regions. The criminalisation of migration is making people’s journeys to seek…

Workshop

Speakers

Anna Lappé

Languages

English

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

SPINNING FOOD: How to Identify the PR Tactics Industry Uses to Shape the Story of Food

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 25 (Full)

In this interactive workshop, author and activist Anna Lappé details the spectrum of food industry influence—from the most obvious (advertising) to the most hidden (like deploying third-party experts). Using real-world examples, she will help us increase our own capacities to spot industry spin. She’ll also explore some strategies advocacy groups and others have used to expose spin and how we can push back against the misinformation.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Alexis Sinclair

Dr Sally Bell

Chair

Jonty Brunyee

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

From Soil Health to Gut Health

How can we heal ourselves and the planet? Soil health and gut health are inextricably linked by the food we grow and eat so maybe the solution is right under our feet and within us. Join Dr Sally Bell, GP and functional medicine practitioner, in conversion with Alexis Sinclair, Food and Nutrition Coordinator at FarmED. Hear about Sally’s journey, the Five Foundations, and her focus on the gut biome, soil health and regenerative food and…

Workshop
19:00 - 20:30 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Can Agriculture Be Decolonised? Opportunities and Obstacles for Agroecology

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 40 (Full)

The session aims to create a space for dialogue around the idea of agroecology as a movement for decolonization and racial justice. We would like participants to share their experiences and knowledge of agroecology and collectively examine both the opportunities and limitations of agroecology as it is practiced today. Through a series of interactive and dialogic activities we intend to look deeper at how industrialised modes of producing and…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Professor Jenni Dungait

Louisa Kiely

Tim Mead

Chair

Becky Willson

Languages

English

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Tooling Up to Tackle Carbon: What Are We Learning About Soil Carbon Sequestration?

Hear emerging findings from the UK’s largest farmer-led soil carbon research project, alongside cutting-edge insight on our understanding of soil carbon and the best protocols for measuring it. With discussion on why this is increasingly relevant for farmers and the associated opportunities and challenges.

Interest in soil health and its capacity to sequester carbon has risen dramatically in recent years. In some countries, farmers receive payments for soil carbon sequestration. However, uncertainties still exist in…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Aide Moreno

Alicia Amarilla

Karla Alegria Escalante

Chair

Elsa Sanchez

Languages

English, Español

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

Criminalisation of the Peasantry and the UN Declaration on Peasant Rights

In this panel we will hear directly from three countries – Honduras, Colombia and Paraguay – which have rich experiences of peasant struggle but also have very high levels of criminalization against peasants, indigenous, and afrodescendent peoples and other defenders of human rights. Each panelist, which represents a different member organization of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo – CLOC-Vía Campesina), the Latin American expression of La Via…

Farm Practice
Workshop

Speakers

Josette Margaretha Feddes

Tracey Simpson

Chair

Pammy Riggs

Languages

English

20:00 - 21:30 GMT
Tuesday, 12 January

An Exploration of ‘Feminine Values’ in the Context of Livestock Farming

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SPACES: 30 (Full)

Globally we are starting to see women step into roles traditionally held by men while staying true to their feminine values’. If so, what are these values? Moreover, does livestock farming, with its emphasis on the cycle of life - ie reproduction, birth, and the rearing of youngstock - require specific traits considered to be inherently ‘feminine’’? How are these balanced against the goal to achieve maximum yield and…