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

Experts in Their Field: Exploring the benefits and challenges of farmer-led research

Experimentation has been a core element of many farmers’ and growers’ practice since the dawn of agriculture, and continues to influence day-to-day decision making at the farm level. However, in recent decades, top-down approaches to innovation in agriculture have dominated the formal research agenda, resulting in massive degradation of land, environment and local culture. There is an urgent need to recognise the value of farmers’ knowledge and research and the essential role it can play…

Keynote

Speakers

Marion Nestle

Chair

Raj Patel

Languages

English

Format

Video

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

Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics with Marion Nestle and Raj Patel

Raj Patel and Marion Nestle have forged careers focused on the politics of food and how to transform the current food system beyond its current focus on corporate profits to a system designed and conducted to promote human health and environmental sustainability.  Their books provide an analysis of the need for systems change and a roadmap for how to do it.  Nestle’s most recent book, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics, explains how and…

Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Helen Avery

Tom Dyke

Rohit Kaushish

Fergus Lyon

Chair

Tony Greenham

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
05/01/2023

How can Investment and Finance Decisions be Aligned with a Transition to Agroecology?

Aligning investment and finance decisions is critical to kickstart a transition to agroecology. Farmers can be a force for change, but what are investors looking for and how can policy and market frameworks support bold moves? What does supportive finance look like for farmers trying to access new investment or new environmental services markets as part of viable farm businesses? And what role can the UK’s financial institutions play in this?

Oxford
Panel Discussion
Workshop

Speakers

Dan Burdett

Bryce Cunningham

Clare Hill

Chair

Abigail Williams

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Stepping off the Dairy Treadmill

How can we step off the dairy treadmill? Join farmers from the Food Ethics Council’s Dairy Project who are seeking to overcome lock-ins relating to dairy.

Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Phil Haughton

Dawn Dublin

Julia Kirby Smith

Duncan Catchpole

Chair

Sarah Williams

Languages

English

Format

Audio

11:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Radical Retailers: Working together better as traders

In the drive towards shorter and more farmer-focused supply chains, retailers play a key role. If we want to build real alternatives to the supermarket system, how do we support retailers and ensure they are a force for good in the chain from field to fork? How can retailers share logistics and support each other? What role do retailers play in growing the market for organic produce? And what does the future of ethical food…

Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Richard and Keith Shropshire

Dave Washington

Chair

Tom Hartley

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Organic Propagation: DIY perennials and the challenges of setting up a field-scale forest nursery

An in-depth look at various ways to propagate perennials in an organic system.

Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Kerry Melville

Katie Palmer

Pete Ritchie

James Woodward

Chair

Amy Willoughby

Languages

English

Format

PDF

11:00 GMT
05/01/2023

State of the Four Nations: UK food and farming policy

In this session, we will explore the best of farming and food policy from across the UK nations that has the potential to enable a transition to agroecological farming and local food systems.

Oxford
Workshop

Speakers

Teresa Meadows
Jenny Phelps

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Farming and Community Advice and Support for our Landscape, Climate and Nature Recovery

This session will set out a shared vision for how to find structured local support for farmers and communities to deliver resilience and climate action. It will demonstrate an integrated framework and the essential role of farmer collaboration and facilitation. It will help delegates understand how to contribute to creating a structure around the complex architecture of farm and community advice in a climate emergency. It will explore the many partnership roles needed to deliver…

Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Raul Ospina Bonillo

Jonathan Bowden

Emma Masefield

Gordon Gatward

Chair

Coralie Hopwood

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

11:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Creating Space for Neurodiversity in Regenerative Farming Practices

A discussion of the benefits of creating space on working farms for people with learning disabilities and who are autistic or otherwise neurodiverse.