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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

Andrew Voysey

Zoe Wrangler

Sue Walker

Chair

Rob Yorke

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Access to Finance

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Brian McDonald

Chloe Palmer

Audrey Compton

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Farmer Collaboration to Restore Nature: Landscape-scale Action Across the Farmed Environment

Since its launch in 2015 the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund has enabled ninety-eight groups of farmers and land managers to develop shared plans, coordinate action to improve land quality, and help restore wildlife and natural systems for all our benefit. At the heart of the initiative is the transformational approach based on cooperation across holdings, addressing evidence-based environmental priorities, helping overcome isolation, depression, fragmentation and upskilling farmers and land managers. Additional groups starting in January…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Colum Pawson

Ed Hamer

Ashley Wheeler

Chair

Caroline Aitken

Jane Gleeson

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Growing Is the Easy Bit: Making a Decent Living from Food Production

A session exploring existing education and training opportunities in agroecological farming, featuring discussion and Q&A on traineeships and Schumacher’s BSc Sustainable Food and Farming Business & Practical Residency in Sustainable Horticulture.

Panel Discussion

Speakers

John Lynch

ffinlo Costain

Clare Hill

Roland Bonney

Simon Fairlie

Languages

English

Format

Audio

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Ruminant Methane and Its Role in Global Warming

Research by a global team of scientists, including members of the Oxford Martin School and IPCC authors, provides a new way of relating the impacts of methane to carbon dioxide, and suggests how ongoing ruminant methane emissions could still be compatible with ambitious climate targets seeking to limit further temperature increases.

Workshop

Speakers

Pete Ritchie

Roz Corbett

Oli Rodker

Languages

English

Format

Audio

10:30 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Working Toward COP 26 in Glasgow

In November 2020 the UN COP will meet in Glasgow. This will be an important opportunity for civil society to influence global debates on the role of food and agriculture in addressing climate chaos. Come along to find out more about what is planned for COP, both in shaping discussions within COP and fringe events and activities outside of the meetings, this is primarily an information session on what has been organised so far. There…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Lucy Beattie

David Heaney

Chair

Patrick Krause

Languages

English

Format

Audio, PDF

12:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Gaining Ground: A Model for Social Crofting

Working with land and animals is proven to be therapeutic, particularly for those with additional support needs, mental or physical disability or those in recovery. Social farming, in the context of this project Social Crofting, promotes green care in some of the most remote and rural areas of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The Gaining Ground project focuses on crofters and smallholders who currently provide such services; and looks, in detail, at their voluntary…

Workshop

Speakers

Nourish Scotland

RSA

Languages

English

Format

Audio

12:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Making Change: Meeting the Climate Emergency

Despite the recognition of the climate and biodiversity emergencies, business as usual continues. This workshop will look at some of the thoughts coming out from Inquiries around land use, food and farming in the UK, as well as encouraging participants to explore their own context using a range of change theories.

Moving beyond the barriers of politics, this week’s to do list, this year’s harvest and even this subsidy cycle, what can our landscape…

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Charles Foster

Andy Letcher

Emily Watt

Rupert Sheldrake

Languages

English

Format

Audio

12:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Why Bother Farming? The Ethics and Spirituality of Agriculture

There are many justifications for farming, including ethical obligations to the wider world; and personal fulfilment, significance and dignity. Spiritual justifications are increasingly cited. Spiritual language has always had a place in farming, but in the machine age it became unfashionable and embarrassing to use it.

This session examines questions such as: ‘What should you feel about your land, your animals and your crops, and why?’ ‘Should scything and muck-spreading be ecstatic religious experiences?’ ‘The…

Workshop

Speakers

Audrey Litterick

Adam Bartkowski

Fred Bonestroo

Chair

Ben Raskin

Languages

English

Format

Audio

12:00 GMT
Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Wonders of Woodchip

Following the session The Wonders of Woodchip on farmer-led research into woodchip in the Assembly Room, this session is an opportunity for a more informal conversation. Join this discussion-focused workshop for a chance to ask more in-depth questions and to collectively unpack some of the innovative uses for woodchip in agriculture.