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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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Panel Discussion

Speakers

Valentina Vives

Katiussa Veiga

Javier Carrera

Alba Portillo

Chair

Ruchi Shroff

Languages

English, Español

18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Farmer’s Seed Systems in Latin America: A Perspective from the Field

Seed Guardians from four Latin American countries share their views and experiences regarding traditional seed saving, organic seed production, networking and the challenges with new laws and regulations. The situation may be difficult, but hope is rising!

In the last two decades, the consolidation of agribusiness in Latin America has pushed traditional farming to the fringes of agriculture. Genetic erosion, or the disappearance of traditional seeds, has been a direct effect of this. It is…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion
18:00 - 19:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

When the Medicine Feeds the Problem: How Nitrogen Fertilisers and Pesticides Enhance the Nutritional Quality of Crops for their Pests and Pathogens

There is a paradox in ‘conventional’ agriculture around the world: growers apply high volumes of nitrogen fertilisers and pesticides in order to promote and protect yields, but pests and pathogens (P&Ps) continue to challenge food security. In this session, a team from the University of Edinburgh will share their recent work that focuses on the biochemistry of crops and offers new explanations as to why this occurs.

Their findings support the conclusions of the…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Raj Patel

Rupa Marya

Chair

Anna Lappé

Languages

English

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Against Philanthropy: The Role of Foundations in Colonising the Food System

To shift the global food system towards sustainability is going to be expensive. When foundations with billions of dollars in endowments offer to help problems in the food system, it feels like a relief. But if you've an eye on the changes they have brought to food and medicine, the giants of international philanthropy deserve your scepticism. Drawing ideas from their forthcoming book Inflamed, Rupa Marya and Raj Patel will offer examples of how colonialism…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Rosibel Ramos

Kenia Baca Merlo

Chair

Languages

English, Español

20:00 - 21:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

The Goddesses of Northern Nicaragua: Finding Freedom and Dignity Through Farming

Rosibel Ramos and Kenia Baca Merlo tell their story of how they overcame multiple forms of gender inequality and violence in rural Nicaragua by founding and helping to run the women’s farming cooperative, FEM (Foundation Between Women), which produces coffee, vegetables, honey, wine and hibiscus as well as running its own schools, self-defence groups and community seed banks.

From Estelí in Northern Nicaragua, the two generations of women share their struggle against multiple forms…

Panel Discussion
21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

Genome Editing: Assessing the Threat to Agroecology

Support for new genetic engineering technologies is quietly growing, even amongst groups claiming to be ‘for’ sustainability, agroecology and even organic. This is happening largely behind closed doors and without the informed input of stakeholders. In addition, there is now a global push to deregulate these technologies. It is a real and invidious threat to the widespread adoption of agroecological farming practices; yet, it is never talked about in those terms. How do we counter…

Panel Discussion
21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Saturday, 9 January

We Are the River: An Exploration of Indigenous Food Sovereignty and the Legal Personality of Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand

Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au: I am the River and the River is Me. So say Iwi Māori who live alongside the Whanganui River in Aotearoa/New Zealand, in recognition of their inalienable connection to the land and water they call home. Fundamental to Māori cosmology is the idea that the whenua – the land – is an extension of the self: a relation, an ancestor, a placenta, a home. In recognition…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Mr Karma Dechen

Kishor Kumar Sharma

Chair

Tshering Ongmu Bhutia

Languages

English

12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

How the State of Sikkim Became Fully Organic

Sikkim is located in northeast India, on the border with Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal. It is part of the Himalayas, and forests, pastures and steep mountainsides make up most of Sikkim’s fragile ecosystem. It is also home to 66,000 farmers.

In 2003, the previous chief minister (Mr Pawan Kumar Chamling) began the process of making Sikkim 100 % organic. This ambitious goal was achieved in 2015 when Sikkim became the first fully organic state…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Sutej Hugu

Hannibal Rhoades

Languages

English

12:00 - 13:30 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Community-Managed Fisheries: Stories from the Tao

Hugu Setuj from Pongso no Tao island (Orchid Island, off the coast of Taiwan), explains the traditional and community management of his island's fisheries, which is borne out of a deep respect and understanding of marine life and biodiversity.

Tao mythology tells of an inter-species pact between the Tao and black flying fish ancestors, and an agreement to use appropriate fishing methods. The lunar and ecological calendar (​ahehep no tao)​ govern the Tao seas to…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Appolinaire Oussou Lio

Gertrude Pswarayi-Jabson

Method Gundidza

Chair

Liz Hosken

Languages

English, Français

13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

An Introduction to Earth Jurisprudence and the Role of the Sacred in Farming

African Earth Jurisprudence Practitioners from West and Southern Africa share their stories of working with traditional land-based communities in the revival of their seed and food sovereignty, the restoration of their sacred natural sites and the strengthening of their ecological governance systems, inspired by Earth Jurisprudence and indigenous cosmologies.

Across Africa, a network of Earth Jurisprudence Practitioners is accompanying traditional and indigenous communities in the revival and enhancement of their Earth-centred customary governance systems.…