Online Gathering

Date: 25th-27th October 2021

25th-27th October 2021

A blend of speakers, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions from across three continents. And mobile film and photography that has been curated specifically for the gathering.

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About

The 2021 online gathering will weave together diverse strands of experience, practice, stories and evidence from farmer-centered research for agroecology. It will celebrate accomplishments, ask some hard questions, stimulate learning and engage people from many different places.
 
It aims to enrich and strengthen the work of farmers, extensionists, researchers, agronomists, non-governmental organizations, farmers’ unions and federations, policy-makers, governments, businesses and more. All are welcome!

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Online Gathering Overview

Major shifts have been taking place in agricultural research over the past half century, with a growing call for research to serve the public good. To do so, research needs to emphasize indivisible ecological, health, social, and economic goals as well as the needs and priorities of smallholder farmers. It also invites those involved in research to recognize and learn from diverse knowledge systems and ways of knowing, including Indigenous Peoples and farmers who have long recognized the interconnectedness between food systems, health, and the planet. 

Farmer research networks (FRNs) is an expression of this intention to engage in holistic, trans-disciplinary, and inclusive research that strengthens farmer agency and increases knowledge on ecological approaches to farming. FRNs are a way to build and share knowledge for the public good through innovation and collective action. The knowledge they help to co-create and share supports the livelihoods and well-being of smallholder farmers, their communities and the land we all rely on for our sustenance.

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What to expect

Over three days, the Online Gathering will focus on

  • Understanding the reality and the potential of participatory, inclusive research on agroecology
  • Reimagining resilient, agroecology-based food systems
  • Using our collective voice to advance agroecological transitions

Day 1: Farmer Research Networks

  • What does it mean to put farmers at the center of research processes?
  • What skills are required to facilitate these processes?
  • What changes are we seeing as a result of these approaches?

Day 2: Advancing agroeocological transitions

  • What are we learning about how to nurture healthy agroecological systems?
  • How can agroecological research fully include marginalized groups and build relevant knowledge for all?
  • How can we foster AE transitions at different scales: farm, community, landscape, territory?

Day 3: Agroecology and food systems transformations

  • How can agroecological research have impacts on food systems, nutrition and food security?
  • How can we increase the impact of research and practice on policies for food systems transformations?
  • What is the potential of holistic, systems-based research to contribute to more ecological production systems, better health and nutrition, and rural livelihoods?
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October 25

Day 1
October 25, 2021
12:00 pm

Welcome & Intentions for the day

Day 1
October 25, 2021
12:30 pm

McKnight Foundation Welcome

Day 1
October 25, 2021
12:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

Day 1
October 25, 2021
12:45 pm

Storytelling

Day 1
October 25, 2021
1:00 pm

Panel discussion

Day 1
October 25, 2021
1:45 pm

Introduce parallel sessions

Day 1
October 25, 2021
2:00 pm

Plenary Room: Workshop

Day 1
October 25, 2021
2:00 pm

Room Two: Thematic Session

Day 1
October 25, 2021
3:00 pm

Plenary Room: Learning Lab

Day 1
October 25, 2021
3:00 pm

Room Two: Workshop

Day 1
October 26, 2021
12:00 pm

Overview & Intentions for the day

October 26

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Opening Inspiration

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Film from the FRN mobile film festival

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Keynote Speaker

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Storytelling

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Panel Discussion

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Introduce Parallel Sessions

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Plenary Room: Thematic Session

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Room Two: Thematic Session

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Plenary Room: Learning Lab

Day 2
October 26, 2021

Room Two: Thematic Session

October 27

Day 3
October 27, 2021
12:00 pm

Overview & Intentions for the day

Day 3
October 27, 2021
12:05 pm

Opening inspirations

Day 3
October 27, 2021
12:20 pm

Plenary Room: Workshop

Day 3
October 27, 2021
12:20 pm

Room Two: Thematic Session

Day 3
October 27, 2021
1:20 pm

Plenary Room: Thematic Session

Day 3
October 27, 2021
1:20 pm

Room Two: Thematic Session

Day 3
October 27, 2021
2:20 pm

Closing Ceremony

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