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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.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Tim Benton

Caroline Lucas

Caterina Brandmayr

Phil Jarvis

Martin Lines

Chair

Richard Benwell

Languages

English

Format

Audio, Video

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Practical Ways to Achieve Zero Carbon in the UK

The Government’s legally-binding target of net zero carbon by 2050 has huge implications for farming and land management in the UK. In this session, experts from all sides of the debate will interrogate exactly what net zero means for farmers and land managers on the ground.

Discussion will range from the science that underpins net zero, to the politics behind the ambitious target, the policies we will need to make it a reality and the…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Harriet Bell

Charles Tebbutt

Clive Thomas

Jeremy Smith

Chair

Nick Rau

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Woodland and Agroforestry: Offering New Business Opportunities for Farmers

Adding trees to farms stores carbon, can boost productivity, diversifies outputs, and provides a host of other benefits. But how do we overcome the financial, skills, supply chain and market barriers to make trees a successful business?

This session will showcase a range of options and exciting new approaches: identifying financial opportunities offered by trees; how can farmers become foresters?; innovative tenancies and collaborations between landowners, farmers, and tree growers; the key role of land…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Courtney Scott

Rebecca Laughton

Adam Payne

Chair

Julie Brown

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Yes We Can! How UK Growers Could Meet Demand for Fruit and Vegetables

A recent study suggested that we should be eating seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, rather than the government-recommended five. However, If the whole UK population were to eat like this, UK growers would need to produce an additional two million tonnes of fresh produce. At the same time, horticultural labour shortages threaten to reduce domestic supply.

LWA and Growing Communities’ Horticulture Campaign has a vision involving massively scaling-up UK organic horticulture production…

Farm Practice

Speakers

Spencer Christy

Andre Kleinjans

Monique Kleinjans

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Joe McGahan

Patrick Gillett

Catherine Wilson

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Hemp: A Thread of Hope

Hemp is a wonder crop that offers many agronomic, economic and ecological benefits, holding the potential to transform our farms and society at large.

This session will describe the opportunity to harvest seed, leaf and straw in order to create a huge range of valuable natural products. These include therapeutic essential oil, omega-rich seed oil, complete protein powder, carbon-negative housing, super strong textiles, composite materials and much more. After outlining its fantastic potential, the…

Workshop

Languages

English

Format

Audio

12:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Agroforestry Handbook Drop-In

Come along and pick up a copy of the Soil Association’s recent Agroforestry Handbook for the UK (while stocks last), and talk agroforestry with authors and editor. Find out more about opportunities for agroforestry in the UK and where to link into local initiatives and learning networks.

Lunchtime Talk

Speakers

Fabrice DeClerck

Eamon Haughey

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

2019: The Year Agroecology Went Worldwide

Last year two global reports backed by the world’s governments laid out what the future of farming should look like, and in the process almost every single country in the world advocated for food production and land management methods most closely aligned with agroecology.

The reports, from IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), examined how the world currently manages its land and the burden of…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Tom Carman

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

Sebastian Parsons

Chair

Anita McNaught

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Farm Succession, Family Business, and Democratic Ownership

120,000 family businesses are expected to close or transfer ownership in the next three years. There is a gap between family farms and the value they bring to food systems and meeting local people’s needs, especially in relation to household food insecurity as experienced by people forced to use food banks.

This session will unpack challenges facing family businesses, hear from a pioneer in democratic land ownership, explore meaningful ‘exits’ and creative succession approaches for…

Lunchtime Talk

Speakers

Will Hawkes

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF, Video

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

How Insects Migrate and Influence Soil Health Across Continents

Insects are seemingly everywhere. Quietly pollinating, controlling pests, decomposing waste and many more freely-provided services that we all rely on for our own continued survival. However, they have another side to their lives: a great number of insects (from butterflies to flies, dragonflies to beetles) are hugely migratory, travelling thousands of kilometres a year. Recent research from the University of Exeter (with other European universities) is beginning to show to what enormous extent insect migration…