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Exploring diversity, inclusion and equity at Oxford Real Farming Conference

Find out where diversity, inclusion and equity are on the agenda at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in January 2024.

Farmer posing with harvested potatoes in the field. Copyright: BearFotos | shutterstock

Farmer posing with harvested potatoes in the field. Copyright: BearFotos | shutterstock

The Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) from 4-5 January 2024 is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the world of regenerative and sustainable farming - especially via subsidised (and free) online tickets if you're new to this movement. 

Alongside several sessions that Sustain is hosting at ORFC 2024 there are many sessions run by colleagues and friends from across the sustainable farming movement that focus on the links between food justice and social justice. A few of the sessions that have caught our eye at Roots to Work are listed below. 

On Thursday morning you can head to a session on Land as Reparations and How to Get There chaired by Naomi Terry, author of LION's Jumping Fences report and with speakers including Andre Kpodonu from alliance member Feedback. 

Organising for Migrant Workers' Justice in the UK by Landworkers' Alliance's Catherine McAndrew will present actions to improve working conditions in British Farming. 

Later in the day Sustain trustee Jyoti Fernandes from Landworkers' Alliance will chair the Women Feed the World session sharing insight from several women in the grassroots movement across India. 

In the early evening Rosina Al-Shaater and Miss Divine will chair a podcast session on Diasporic Black and Brown Communities: Land, Belonging, Representation and Social Justice with guests including Mikaela Loach and Claire Ratinon. 

On Friday, if you're there in person you can sign up for a morning workshop on Feminist and Anti-colonial Approaches to Food, Agriculture and Health led by Jessica Milgroom and Lucy Aphramor. 

Following that is a launch of an Asian-Afro Caribbean Crops Network which aims to skill up people in the community interested in growing these crops. 

In the afternoon find out more about the Black Farmers Market: Celebrating Black British Farming as well as a campaign launch for Universal Basic Income for Farmers - both pieces of work that centre equity. 

These are just some of the many great sessions we have our eye on - we hope to see you there! If you can't make it along we'll do regular updates on the Roots to Work Instagram so make sure you follow us.

The full programme is available online and tickets should be booked in advance.

Published Monday 4 December 2023

Roots to Work: Roots to Work is a platform for people to advertise and find jobs in the field of good food. We noticed there wasn’t a unique gathering place for good food opportunities to all sit together and felt it was time to make it happen in the UK.

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Sareta coordinates Sustain's diversity outreach work which aims to bring more people from underrepresented backgrounds, with specific focus on ethnic diversity, into the progressive food and farming sector. A core part of this work is outreach with younger people and students to inspire them to get involved in the movement. She manages Sustain’s Roots to Work jobs platform which is also a tool to engage new and diverse talent into the sector.

Sareta Puri
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