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

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Luci Isaacson

George Young

Dr. Emily Fairfax

Chair

Chris Jones

Languages

English

19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Farming and Climate Change: How Beavers Can Help

Among much else climate change will affect rainfall. There will be more floods, more droughts and both will be more unpredictable. Civil engineers immediately think in terms of reservoirs and conduits and the rest - all very expensive and unnatural. But we should as far as possible let nature do the work for us. One of the best civil engineers in the world is the beaver with its supreme ability to manage water: damning streams…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Marlen Sanchez

Jhorky Brito

Marta Perez Martinez

Chair

Blanca Ruiz

Languages

English, Español

21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

The IALAs of Latin America and Agroecological Formation for Youth

The IALAs (Instituto Agroecológico Latinoaméricano, or Latin American Institute of Agroecology) are a process led by La Via Campesina to train young people from social movement organizations in agroecology. Agroecology is the farming model that rescues peasant and indigenous culture, ensures the construction of food sovereignty, and the only model that can cool the planet in a time of climate disaster.

In this talk, we will hear about the history of the constructions of…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Guy Shrubsole

Elise Wach

Chair

Chris Smaje

Languages

English

12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

Delivering a Small Farm Future in Britain: Present Obstacles, Future Possibilities

In this session, three writers, researchers and activists discuss ways to build thriving, regenerative local farm economies across Britain in the present environmental and social crisis.

Chris Smaje draws on lessons from agricultural history and contemporary political ecology to show how bottom-up political activism might deliver smallholder-based land reform in Britain, briefly illustrating his analysis in relation to Wales.

Guy Shrubsole examines how farmland in England is concentrated in the hands of a few, and…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Method Gundidza

Gerald Miles

Zhengxi Yang

Chair

Sinéad Fortune

Languages

English

13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

Great Grains: Revival of Heritage Grains Around the World

Communities globally are facing unprecedented strain from climate collapse, soil degradation and commercial pressures. However, a return to older varieties of crops vital to the health and wellbeing of growers and their communities has presented a promising and enriching path forward. Drawing from grassroots experiences around the world from farmers in South Africa, China, and Wales this session explores the opportunities our heritage grains present to us to reconnect with more resilient, diverse crops and…

Farm Practice
Panel Discussion

Speakers

Nigel Miller

Mike Robinson

Chair

Sarah Skerratt

Languages

English

13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

Farming for 1.5°C in Scotland

Farming for 1.5°C is an independent inquiry that was set up in 2019 to find consensus between a panel of scientists, farmers and environmental NGOs on how Scottish farming can contribute to keeping global warming to no more than 1.5°C. The panel was innovative in its make-up as well as its ways of working, interested in building relationships and respect amongst its members and those providing evidence. All of the members went through a journey…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Professor Mark Sutton

Keesje Avis

Vijay Kumar

Chair

Jo Lewis

Languages

English

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

Nitrogen: The Global Farming Challenge

Nitrogen is a challenge that requires international action. Hear from the international experts on the grand challenge we face, and from activists seeking to put nitrogen at the top of the climate agenda in the build up to COP26.

Nitrogen is a grand challenge for agriculture. The climate impact of nitrogen has been overlooked for too long. Meeting the aim to feed the human population adequate diets along with the ambition to keep global warming…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Jennifer Astone

Daniel Moss

Gertrude Pswarayi-Jabson

Chair

Sharlene Brown

Languages

English, Español

14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

The Role of Private Capital in Agroecology in the Global South

Smallholder farmers in the global south represent some of the world’s most financially underserved communities. Often these farmers struggle to balance subsistence farming with the desire to invest in cash crops that would allow for increased income. By contrast, institutional and other private ethical, social and impact investors find it difficult to identify and support investment-ready smallholder farmer pipelines, primarily using private debt and private equity. Consequently, the tendency has been to invest in mid-sized…

Panel Discussion
15:00 - 16:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

Growing Agroecology in China: Challenges and Opportunities

China’s agroecological and organic farming sector is developing rapidly as increasing numbers of consumers have the economic means to consider the safety and health of their food. The market potential is huge, but many challenges remain including educating the consumer and building trust, supporting new entrants, recovering damaged ecosystems and creating viable market conditions for ecological food producers.

Join this session to learn more from a panel of speakers who are all major influencers in…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Chair

Languages

English

16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

Solidarity Trade: Supporting Social Movements and Environmental Protection Through Fair Trade

The globalised trade system has been caused tremendous problems for land rights, focusing on the consolidation of land for mono cropped export crops which have undermined diverse localised food systems across the world. However, some models of trade, rooted in solidarity, can be a force for good- supporting traditional farming and forestry systems, creating livelihoods and economic power for marginalised communities. We will learn from the Zaytoun cooperative's partner Canaan Palestine which exports olive oil…