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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.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Barry Ferguson
Julie Brown
Jo Hunt
Jono Hughes

Chair

Rebecca Laughton

Languages

English

Format

Video

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

A Market Garden Renaissance across the Four Nations

The UK imports 85% of its fruit and 43% of its vegetables. Countries we import from are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, while financial pressures are causing UK growers to leave the sector. Yet, across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, market gardens are attracting new entrants, supplying local communities, integrating productive systems with biodiversity, sequestering carbon and engaging with the public. This session will launch the LWA’s new report ‘Horticulture across Four…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Katie-Jo Luxton
Adele Jones
Helen Keys
Dustin Benton

Chair

Gareth Morgan

Languages

English

Format

Video

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Joining Forces to Shift the Narrative for Food and Farming

There is increasing evidence that nature-friendly and agroecological practices must play a key role in supporting healthy and resilient food systems while restoring nature across the farmed landscape. Yet somehow these systems are still relatively niche in the UK. Organic farming, for example, only covers 3% of UK farms. What more is needed to shift the narrative, and support truly transformative change in our food and farming systems? Using the Consensus on Food, Farming and…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Swati Renduchintala
Meerabi Chunduru
Vijay Kumar
Selma James

Chair

Jyoti Fernandes

Languages

English

Format

Video

16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Women Feed the World

In the last 20 years, in Andhra Pradesh, India, grassroots women in a secular movement of self-help groups are collectively transforming the food they grow, their families’ health, and increasing their income. They are the largest transition to agroecology in the world, simultaneously addressing rural livelihoods, nutritious food, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, climate change, water scarcity and pollution. Their True Cost Accounting measures social capital: collective action, trust and support, community cohesion (including confronting domestic…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Dorn Cox
David Bollier

Chair

Charlotte Steel

Languages

English

Format

Video

18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Improving Regenerative Agriculture through Open Source Technology

This moderated panel conversation features Dorn Cox, a US-based New Hampshire family farmer and open source technologist, and David Bollier, an American commons activist and scholar with the Schumacher Center for a New Economics (US). Cox has long been in the vanguard of using open source technologies to help improve crop yields, soil health, and ecosystem resilience, especially in the face of climate change. His 2023 book, The Great Regeneration, describes the use of free…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Amrish Pandya
Claire Ratinon
Carlos Ayala
Elsie Harp

Chair

Rosina Al-Shaater
Miss Divine

Languages

English

Format

Video

18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Diasporic Black and Brown Communities: Land, Belonging, Representation and Social Justice

This is not a traditional panel and is run as a podcast discussion. It will explore, honour and celebrate experiences, wisdom and intergenerational practices of black and brown people in relation to land justice and presence in the environmental scene. The discussion will reflect on areas such as: professional and personal experiences, intersectionality of marginalisation/exclusion across different backgrounds, identities and abilities; access to land and opportunities working with land; nature connection; heritage and genetic memory.…

Speakers

Peter Lefort

Languages

English

Format

Audio

18:00 GMT
Thursday,4 January 2024

WORKSHOP: Personal Resilience

Resilience is best described as the ability to respond to change, but many things can affect this ability, and not all are within our control. This interactive session will introduce the concept of resilience as a series of patterns, patterns that we can identify, practice and grow. We’ll explore the internal drivers that push us towards burnout or exhaustion and the feedback loops we’re most responsive to and that affect our ability to prioritise our…

Oxford

Speakers

Gerald Miles, Owen Shiers, Jacqueline Morgan, Richie Walsh

Chair

Katie Hastings

Languages

English

Format

Audio

18:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

The Story of Black Oats – Lost and Found

This is a captivating story of black oats lost and found. Gerald Miles spent 20 years searching for the black oats his grandfather grew. Through a connection with a folk musician, another older farmer was found to be still growing these almost extinct oats. We formed a group called Llafur Ni and embarked on a journey to eat these oats for the first time. Discovering that eating oats wasn’t as simple as we thought, we…

Oxford

Languages

English

18:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Building Regional Networks and Collaborations

This is an opportunity for anyone attending the conference to gather in regional groups for an informal networking session before the evening’s entertainment. It will be a chance to connect with others in broad geographic areas to share experiences of the conference, find out about relevant networks and events and highlight areas of common regional or local interest. Join colleagues/friends from the North, South West, South East or Midlands in England, or from Scotland or…

Oxford

Speakers

Action for Conservation, FLAME: the youth branch of the LWA

Languages

English

Format

Audio

18:00 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Youth Convergence on Land Justice

The Youth Convergence on Land Justice will bring together young people aged 16-24 from across the UK who have a shared interest in discussing issues and opportunities young people face in the realm of land work, from farming to forestry, activism to nature restoration. In workshop form, the convergence will provide a facilitated space for youth representatives from organisations, movements and unions doing innovative work to share learning. We will discuss the potential of intergenerational…