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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!

View a PDF of the full programme here

View a printable PDF programme here

Please note the times in the online programme below should display in your local time zone.

Farm Practice
Keynote

Speakers

Joel Williams

Chair

Tom Morrison

Languages

English

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

The Soil Bugs that Sustain Us

In the 1990s, famine in North Korea killed 3 million people; many surviving children “lacked full cognitive ability”. Rice yields had more than halved, falling from eight tonnes per hectare down to three tonnes due to a misplaced faith in artificial fertiliser and other agro-chemicals and widespread abandonment of grassland, livestock and crop rotations. The soil had died and physically collapsed. Globally, the farming industry remains dependent on these chemicals, leading to widespread decline in…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Will Harris

Doniga Markegard

Chair

Phoebe Weston

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Will Harris and Doniga Markegard: Regenerative Ranching in the US

Many grass-fed/regenerative farmers have been “going against the grain” for years. There are signs this is changing as more farmers are looking at regenerative techniques, especially with changing subsidies in the UK. US ranchers Doniga Markegard and Will Harris are leading the field when it comes to grass-based farming systems and regenerative land management. 

Will Harris took the leap 20 years ago. He is a sixth generation farmer on his family farm in Bluffton, Georgia.…

Cultural Event
Keynote

Speakers

Sam Lee

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

An Evening with Sam Lee: Folksongs and Stories from the British Isles

Award-winning inventive singer, folksong collector, conservationist and founder/director of The Nest Collective Sam Lee sings a special show of folksongs inspired by nature and for the Oxford Real Farming Conference.

Singing songs from his repertoire of ancient traditional British folk songs, this concert will dig deep into the numerous stunning songs that connected our forbearers to the land. For 15 years Sam has collected songs from across the UK and Ireland mostly recording the last…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Jane Davidson

Lyla June

Chair

Leith Sharp

Languages

English

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Protecting the Lives and Livelihoods of Future Generations: The Ultimate Challenge?

What needs to be in place to change the behaviour of governments and institutions to encourage long-term thinking? This session will look at the approach adopted in Wales – the introduction of a law to protect future generations – through the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Despite global commitments to climate change and biodiversity from UN member states, passing this act in 2015 thrust Wales into the global spotlight as the only country…

Cultural Event
Keynote

Speakers

Naima Penniman

Chair

Languages

English, Español

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

These Gardens are Blueprints: Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice

At this time of multiple pandemics, of police violence, coronavirus, climate chaos, and unprecedented economic crisis, we are being called to put our food and land sovereignty dreams into deeper practice. Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous community farm in New York that raises vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs and poultry for people living under food apartheid, and is part of a growing movement to uphold everyone’s right to land, honor the people who grow our…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Charles Massy

Bruce Pascoe

Chair

Abby Rose

Languages

English

21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

How Australian First Nations Peoples’ Land and Food Management and Regenerative Agricultural Practices are Closely Aligned

Two best-selling Australian authors, Charles Massy and Bruce Pascoe, discuss the similarities between the indigneous farming practices of Australian First Nations people and regenerative agriculture techniques. They will look at how the Australian First Nations people are revitalising many of their traditional agricultural practices, like farming yam daisies, fire-stick farming, fish and eel farming and also, paludiculture: the cultivation of food and animal resources in wetlands.

Panel Discussion
21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Friday, 8 January

Rural Youth Forum: What Is the Future for Rural Areas Without Young People?

Migration of young people away from rural areas is taking place across the world, with fragile infrastructure and services cited as some of the key reasons for this demographic shift. Atop of the day-to-day disadvantages that rural youth face, the climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis threaten their futures. How can rural young people be better supported to create the change they wish to see in their rural areas? How can…

Keynote

Speakers

Colin Tudge

Chair

Ruby Reed

Languages

English

12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

The Agrarian Renaissance and The Great Re-Think: Book Launch with ORFC Co-founder, Colin Tudge

To put the world to rights – and it certainly needs putting to rights! – we need to re-build our lives around food and farming, particularly around the principles of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty. Radical change is called for, and to bring it about we need to dig deep: re-define our goals (what are we trying to achieve in life?); re-think and re-structure agriculture and the food culture that goes with it; re-think the underlying…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Jennifer Amejja

Edna Kaptoyo

Rita Uwaka

Chair

Gertrude Pswarayi-Jabson

Languages

English, Français

12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

African Women, Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Community Forestry

Three African women, Jennifer Amejja, Edna Kaptoyo and Rita Uwaka, speak about the importance of women’s cultural, traditional knowledge and practice for food sovereignty, agroecology and community forest management. How they grow nutritious food, use and protect medicinal plants, select and exchange seed, establish vital community seed banks, provide livelihoods and support the local economy. Also how they protect forests, many of which are sacred, and ensure replenishment and restoration of watersheds.

Indigenous women…