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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.

Workshop

Speakers

Charlotte Oliver

Holly Tiffen

Languages

English

Format

Audio

16:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Small-Scale Grain Production and Processing: The How To Toolkit

Transition Town Totnes have produced a free interactive toolkit to help others set up small-scale grain projects and learn from their experiences along the way. Hear from the founders of Grown in Totnes about some of the things to consider when setting up small-scale grain processing facilities and about the opportunities and pitfalls that you may encounter along the way. The workshop will demonstrate how to use the toolkit and touch on a range of…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Andy Beer

David Riddle

Alice Favre

James Shorten

Chair

Tom Curtis

Languages

English

Format

Audio

16:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Securing Land for the Common Good

We need land to provide its vital functions forever - to provide good food; capture, regulate and filter our water supplies; store carbon; sustain the living systems around us; and give us places to live in a way that is healthy for body and mind. Yet the mechanisms in place to create a sustainable landscape (grants, subsidies, market signals, regulations) are often short-term. And land tenure is rarely permanent. Join us to discuss the ways…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Henry Dimbleby

Chair

Chloe Donovan

Languages

English

Format

Audio, Video

16:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Answering to the Next Generation: A Young People’s Assembly on the National Food Strategy for England

We all believe there is an urgent need to transform current food and farming systems; to ensure future generations have access to good food and enjoy good health throughout their lives; but what do young people think? What changes do they want to see and what questions would they put to the people shaping their future? This is our chance to find out.

Join Henry Dimbleby – leader of the National Food Strategy for…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Fred Price

Becca Stevenson

Rupert Dunn

Chair

Chris Maughan

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

16:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Farmer-Led Innovation and Research for Agroecology

Agroecology is knowledge intensive, not input intensive, but agricultural development over the last century has steadily undermined farmer knowledges by creating technological ‘lock-ins’ and ‘top down’ research models. This panel will gather perspectives from those who are resisting this trend by ‘hacking’ the current system for a more equitable and (bio)diverse food system. This includes networks of farmers doing trials on their own land, ‘Farm Hacks’ for building tools and skills to maximise farmer autonomy,…

Workshop

Speakers

Rosemary Collier

Chair

Adam Keeves

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

16:00 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Climate Change Prep Session

Following on from the main talk in the Assembly Room, this informal session will continue the conversation around ‘Climate change and UK Horticulture: What is to come and how to build resilience. This will provide an opportunity to ask more questions, to share what people are doing in practice and to work together to come up with solutions to make us all more climate-ready.

Lunchtime Talk

Speakers

Robert Fraser

Jamie Hartzell

Clare Horrell

Reuben Chester

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

17:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Take the LEAP: Funding for Agroecological and Community Food Businesses

Need finance? Then come and find out more about the Real Farming Trust’s‘ Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme’ (LEAP) which is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, CIVA, the A Team Foundation, Power to Change and the Halleria Trust. LEAP provides affordable unsecured loans of £25,000 to £100,000 side-byside with a grant and a structured and tailored mentoring programme. Come with your questions, meet the people and organisations involved, and hear from businesses that have…

Roundtable

Languages

English

Format

Audio

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Citizens Assembly: An Emergency Plan for Agriculture and Wildlife

The UK’s climate and nature are in crisis. The State of Nature report found that 41 percent of species have declined, with changes in agricultural management being one of the main drivers behind this – and climate change will only further exacerbate these trends. A crisis requires a radical response, so the RSPB has written an ‘Emergency Plan for Nature’ including a host of policies that are urgently needed to reverse nature’s decline.

We…

Workshop

Speakers

Scarlett Penn

Tony Chalcraft

Languages

English

Format

Audio

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Half a Century of WWOOFing: What Does the Future Hold?

WWOOF, which began in the UK, is now a worldwide movement with representation in 135 countries. Over 100,000 people benefit from the exchange each year. As we approach our half-century, we’re looking for ways to strengthen and further our role.

The session will be interactive with participants asked to help explore how WWOOF could evolve to meet current and future challenges. Questions we’ll consider include: How can we reimagine WWOOF? Should we build a larger,…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Louise Speke

Robert Palmer

Anneliese Dodds

Miles King

Languages

English

Format

Audio

09:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Tax and Farmland

Farmers and landowners in England benefit from at least £2.4 billion a year in tax breaks – as much as they receive in farm subsidies. This session brings together researchers, politicians, campaigners and landowners’ representatives, to discuss these tax breaks and whether they are needed to support farming.

As the UK reforms the way it supports farming, moving away from area-based payments towards “public money for public goods”, the panel will debate whether these recently…