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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.

Keynote
Oxford

Speakers

Lynn Cassells

Chair

Fiona Mountain

Languages

English

Format

Video

12:45 - 13:45 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Our Wild Farming Life with Lynn Cassells

Life on the land; it’s the dream of many but the realisation of the few. In Our Wild Farming Life we share the story of our journey from the busy south east of England to the Highlands, leaving behind our jobs, family and friends to follow our dreams of living a more self-sufficient existence. The leap led us into small-scale regenerative farming, building a business from scratch in a corner of Scotland deemed marginal at…

Farm Practice
Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Alfredo Cortez
Gerald Miles

Chair

Nathan Einbinder

Languages

English

Format

Video

13:00 - 13:45 GMT
Friday, 6 January 2023

Sharing Experiences of Drought and Resilience Between Indigenous Farmers

Extreme and unprecedented drought is being experienced across the globe, even in areas once thought to be safe from the harshest effects of climate change. In this session we bring together two Indigenous farmers and activist leaders, Alfredo Cortez from Guatemala, and Gerald Miles from Wales, to share experiences from recent droughts and discuss strategies for building resilience.

Lunchtime Talk
Oxford

Speakers

Mary Dobbing

Carol Laslett

Patrick Mallery

Languages

English

Format

Audio

13:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Street Goat-Urban Goat Rearing for High Welfare Milk and Meat

Street Goat is an urban micro dairy collective based in Bristol which aims to bring animal farming back into urban spaces and bring people closer to where their food comes from. Since the project's foundation in 2015, it has grown to have three milking sites across Bristol and a regenerative grazing project called Meat Goat.

Lunchtime Talk
Oxford

Speakers

Kelly Jowett

Languages

English

Format

Audio

13:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Introduction to Beneficial Beetle Monitoring and Identification

A session describing why and how to monitor beneficial beetles on farms. This will focus on carabid beetles (which eat crop pests and weed seeds), dung beetles (which cycle cattle dung, improving pastures and reducing associated pests) and the farm measures that can encourage abundance and diversity of species in different systems.

Lunchtime Talk
Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Peter Brooks

Areej Ashhab

Gabriella Demczuk

Jacob Bertilsson

Languages

English

Format

Audio

13:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Investigative Ecology: Critical views on the politics of contemporary agriculture

How can spatial practices within a framework of critical research intervene in the pressing ecological issues of our time? Investigative Ecology assembles artist-researchers from the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA) whose investigations look into the political forces shaping agriculture and the environmental space.

Lunchtime Talk
Oxford

Speakers

Cornwall’s Climate Stories

Languages

English

Format

Audio

13:00 GMT
05/01/2023

Cornwall’s Climate Stories (Documentary Screening and Discussion)

Should we all give up meat and dairy if we’re to have a hope of avoiding climate breakdown? This is what the headlines seem to tell us. But is this too simplistic a picture – and what would this mean for Cornwall, where most of our farmland is used to raise livestock or to grow crops for these animals to eat?

Global
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Chukki Nanjundaswamy
Paula Gioia
Perla Álvarez
​​Saúl Vicente Vázquez

Chair

Jordan Treakle

Languages

English, Español

Format

Video

14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Nyéléni Global Process: Working together on people’s solutions to transform the global food system and achieve food sovereignty

In the midst of a global, multiple crisis the global movement for food sovereignty - of which La Via Campesina is an active part - is organising a new moment of discussion to build a strong counter-response at different levels (local, national, global) in alliance with other movements fighting for climate justice and the rights of workers, youth, women, gender diverse. Twenty-five years after the concept of Food Sovereignty was shaped, the moment is now…

Global
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Peter Leblanc
Selorm Akaba
Viola Capriola
Richard Bewley

Chair

Richard McCarthy

Languages

English

Format

Video

14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Strategies for Farmers’ Markets to Connect Disparate Communities: Building bridges beyond the rural/urban gap

Beneath tents and umbrellas around the world, farmers sell the fruits of their labour directly to consumers. However, upon closer inspection, it is evident that much more is going on. Market managers intentionally pursue creative policies to incentivize attendance by consumers who otherwise may not feel welcome: the elderly, children and mothers on public assistance. They also mitigate risks for farmers by preparing them for the rigours of commerce through training. When present, the skillset…

Oxford
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Martin Lines
Mark Thomas
Phil Haughton
Jade Bashford
Caron Whaley
Kim Brooks

 

Chair

Anita McNaught

Languages

English

Format

Video

14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Can Farming and Food Traders Weather the Economic Storm?

We are in the midst of an energy and cost of living crisis that is putting enormous pressure on agroecological food and farming businesses. Some businesses will not survive, others will need substantial support. As a movement, this is our time to come together and look at how we can support each other through these difficult days. This session will explore the details of those challenges and look at how food and farming businesses are…