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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.

Global
Panel Discussion
20:00 - 21:30 GMT
Wednesday, 4 January 2023

From the Caribbean to the Pacific: On the sharp ends of food insecurity and climate change

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) comprise 58 countries and territories. The majority are situated in the Caribbean and Pacific and are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Over sixty percent of food consumed is imported, much of which is of low nutritional quality, contributing to high burdens of nutrition-related disease. Increasing the production and consumption of local nutritious foods is a goal of SIDS governments. This panel discussion will examine the current situation in SIDS and…

Global
Keynote

Speakers

Zach Bush

Chair

Patrick Holden

Languages

English

Format

Video

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Why All Health Issues Come Back to How We Treat the Soil

Dr. Zach Bush spent 17 years in academic medicine where he studied biochemistry, cellular biology, pharmaceutical management, disease and ultimately worked for many years in the hospital system. During the 1990’s and 2000’s he witnessed an epidemic of chronic disease in the US, that was hugely accelerated from previous decades where the main cause of death was trauma or infectious disease. He believes this is a result of the toxic pesticides that we have pumped…

Farm Practice
Global
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Jessica Hutchings
Rob Small

Chair

Kaye-Maree Dunn

Languages

English

20:00 - 21:30 GMT
Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Reclaiming Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Aoteorea New Zealand

The world is at a crossroad of multiple crises. Returning to look back to Indigenous wisdoms is vital as we look to the future. This session shares the journey of developing an Indigenous verification and validation system for Kai Atua (Pure Food) or Māori organics. It is a framework developed over a decade ago by the Māori Organics group - Te Waka Kai Ora and is fast becoming a pathway for Māori communities to reclaim…

Global
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Chito Medina
Asif Khan
Morshed Sakiul Millat

Chair

Sarojeni V. Rengam

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Rehabilitation through Agroecology: Surviving the floods in Pakistan and Bangladesh

This session will provide an overview of the climate crisis in these countries and the need for global and national policies. Speakers will share how the crisis in Pakistan devastated the country and the efforts that farmers have made to rehabilitate their communities with agroecology. Speakers from Bangladesh will share how they have used the floods to create a sustainable community development initiative.

Global
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Helena Norberg-Hodge
Chris Smaje
Mika Tsutsumi
Manish Jain

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:00 - 10:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Reconnecting to Food: Healing our planet and ourselves

This session will begin with a 35 minute screening of the film “Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution” which features grassroots activists from every continent alongside internationally known figures like Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, Pat McCabe and Gabor Mate. The film challenges the mainstream media narrative that “bigger is better” that has dominated economic thinking for centuries, and showcases initiatives that are already underway to protect and restore human-scale local economies, communities and the natural world,…

Oxford
Plenary

Languages

English

Format

Video

09:30 - 10:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

ORFC 2023 Opening Plenary Live from the Conference in Oxford

After two years online, ORFC is back in-person! Come and gather with your friends and colleagues in the Main Hall as we celebrate the movement and reflect on all we’ve been through over the last three years. There will be short opening addresses from each of the ORFC’s partner organisations and musical performances by folk singer, Kate Huggett and the Shumei Taiko Ensemble, featuring Natural Agriculture farmers from Japan, the US and the UK.

Farm Practice
Global
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Swati Renduchintala
Samuel Nyanzi
Rosine Ndayishimiye
Ferdinand Wafula

Chair

Charles Tumuhe

Languages

English

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Andhra Pradesh to Africa: Taking agroecology to scale through farmer-to-farmer online exchanges

The Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Programme is a highly successful government-led initiative involving millions of farmers and eight million hectares of land in India. It revolves around nine key agroecological principles, including the use of indigenous seed, cover crops and keeping soil disturbance to a minimum. Probably most importantly it offers a viable alternative to using chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. 

In 2020, members of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)…

Keynote
Oxford

Speakers

Vandana Shiva

Chair

Jyoti Fernandes

Languages

English

Format

Video

11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

In the Name of the Farmer: Vandana Shiva recalls a lifetime of campaigning for small-scale farmers

For over four decades, Vandana Shiva, has vociferously advocated for farmers’ rights, indigenous knowledge, diversity, localisation, and real democracy. She has been at the forefront of seed-saving, food sovereignty, and connecting the dots between the destruction of nature and indiscriminate corporate greed. In her keynote talk, Dr. Shiva will reflect on a life of activism, recounted in her new memoir, Terra Viva. She shares memories of her childhood in post-partition India, and reflects on how…

Farm Practice
Oxford
Panel Discussion
11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Finding Solutions to the Fertiliser Crisis: Practical on-farm innovation for homegrown fertility

2022 saw a meteoric rise in the price of all major fertilisers, triggering a ripple effect of extra costs across the farming industry. Long before the recent crisis, farmers have been investigating nature-friendly practices which give them independence from global markets. Through Innovative Farmers, groups of farmers are teaming up with researchers to test new ideas on their farms. From developing low tech innovation into herbal leys, living mulches, and intercropping to researching the latest…