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10 January 2021

Statement from the ORFC Global 2021 team

Putting on a global online conference with speakers from all over the world has been a huge (and rewarding) challenge, so we are very grateful for your patience whenever any issues have arisen.

The ORFC has always set out to be radical and inclusive; to challenge the status quo. This is a dynamic process which we review each year. Going online this year has given us the opportunity to provide a platform for marginalised and under-represented voices both from the UK and around the world.

We understand that there have been references made within the conference to outdated narratives that endorse or apologise for racist and neo-colonial views. Such views are the very antithesis of the ORFC’s values and guiding principles and have no place in the agroecological, food sovereignty and justice movements.

May we remind people that the chat function is there to ‘say something nice’, to engage with the topics being discussed and with fellow delegates, and to share knowledge. So please be kind, respectful and constructive, and behave in ways that you would in a face-to-face situation.

If anyone has been subjected to abusive, offensive or otherwise unacceptable behaviour please contact us immediately and we will take the necessary action.

We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the conference.

In solidarity,

The ORFC team

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