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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.

Farm Practice

Speakers

Tim Mordan

Chair

Jyoti Fernandes

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Improving Farm Productivity While Looking After the Environment

We have some brilliant farmers and growers in this country who provide us with a wide range of great food – from small family farms through to large agri-businesses. But when we compare our productivity to some other countries around the world we know we can do a lot better in some areas. The big challenge is how can we be more productive and competitive while, at the same time, enhancing the environment? Tim Mordan…

Lunchtime Talk

Speakers

Ian Solomon-Kawall

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Power, Privilege and Biodiversity

Power, Privilege + Bio Diversity draws upon the work of May Project Gardens, an award winning community project, specialising in connecting people to nature and plant based food for personal, social and economic transformation. During this talk you’ll get to an insight into our permaculture-designed community garden in South London. The interactive talk explores how food growing and creativity is used to make the environmental and Vegan plant movement more inclusive.

Workshop

Speakers

Peter Lefort

Languages

English

Format

Audio

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Personal Resilience

Whether we are undertaking activism, business or any other project, looking after ourselves often takes a backseat. But none of us are immune to burning out. We all instinctively know that burnout is ‘bad’, and resilience is ‘good’, but without space to understand the dynamics involved they remain abstract concepts which are hard to build into our daily (and busy) lives. This practical workshop will explore the symptoms and risks of burnout, as well as…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Sally Woods

Pammy Riggs

Mark Measures

Ian Tolhurst

Chair

Lawrence Woodward

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The Nature and Nuance of Farming for Health

Despite the buzzwords of “health and harmony”, very few farmers and growers farm for health as a priority goal. In fact, health is an elusive quality – difficult to pin down or describe let alone manage – but on some farms it smacks you in the face. Whole Health Agriculture has been set up to capture, understand and disseminate best health management practices. This participatory session will feature a panel of farmers who are passionate…

Lunchtime Talk

Languages

English

Format

Audio

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Practical Ways to Achieve Net Zero

In this networking session, which follows on from a panel debate in the Council Chamber, farmers are invited to take part in group discussions, tailored to their specific farm context, about practical action they can take on their farm right now to tackle emissions and store carbon. Discussions will be broken down into arable, livestock, horticulture and mixed farming, and will be facilitated by representatives from Wildlife and Countryside Link and the Nature- Friendly Farming…

Lunchtime Talk

Speakers

Liz Bowles

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

13:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Harvesting Ideas for Farmer-Led Innovation

Peer-to-peer learning is key to making agroecology a reality. Join us for an interactive session to crowdsource ideas for agricultural research with farmers setting the priorities. We’ll have farmers fresh out of their field labs to soundboard ideas with, and a smattering of researchers to amplify the learning. This session will be led by Innovative Farmers with Agricology and the PFLA on hand to broaden the conversation.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Henry Dimbleby

Dee Woods

Victoria Williams

Jyoti Fernandes

 

Chair

Vicki Hird

Languages

English

Format

Audio, Video

14:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

A Food Strategy for the UK: Local Food Systems and Access to Healthy, Affordable Food for All

The UK has unacceptable levels of food insecurity and dietary related ill health. Despite being the 6th largest economy in the world, over 8.4 million people living in UK households report having insufficient food and 13% of healthcare costs are from diet-related ill health. Farmers and food system activists argue that local food systems play a significant role in improving access to healthy, affordable food for everyone, regardless of income, status or background. However, policy…

Farm Practice

Speakers

Rosemary Collier

Joe Rolfe

Chair

Adam Keeves

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

14:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Climate Change and UK Horticulture: What Is to Come and How to Build Resilience

Climate change has already begun to make small changes to UK horticulture. This session will present experiences from UK growers and then model examples of the changes to come, with specific detail on insects. The session will aim to highlight the issues growers should pay attention to, but importantly present techniques to build resilience in organic systems

Workshop

Languages

English

Format

Audio

14:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Farmers Rebellion (XR)

Farmers Rebellion is a diverse group of farmers and growers who have come together as part of Extinction Rebellion to press the government to put in place policies that enable farming to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change and ecological breakdown.

The discourse around farming and climate change is too often underpinned by blame, criticism and argument when we urgently need to be coming together and finding ways forward through collaboration and communication.…