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Panels - October 6, 2023

Enhancing Resilience: Interventions to Deliver Lasting Change in Agriculture

Plenary Panel: “What do we mean by resilience?”

Different agri-food systems stakeholders have different objectives, motives, and worldviews. They also operate in different contexts and hence are exposed to different stresses and shocks, leading to differing aspirations and priorities. Creating sustainable food futures for all will therefore require open and transparent conversations amongst stakeholders to establish inclusive approaches and solutions towards enhancing resilience. This panel aims to be one such conversation. It will explore key questions about what we mean when we talk about resilience, as well as consider how practices can be adapted to enhance resilience in the face of the climate emergency. 

Panelists:

  • Dr. John Ingram, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College; Leader of the Environmental Change Group Food Programme (moderator)
  • Dr. Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute at The University of Manchester
  • Kevin Ashford, Global Technical Development Lead at UPL
  • Dr. Nicoletta Batini, Senior Advisor at Sveriges Riksbanken
  • Dr. Tanya Matthan, Assistant Professor in Environment at LSE

Watch this panel live here:

When: Oct 6, 2023 14:00 London

Topic: OpenAg Symposium 2023

https://sbsox.zoom.us/j/93275349521?pwd=bnFhRzRGd1c4bW5OSHV0NHIvY3dqZz09

Passcode: 612553

 

Breakout Panel 1: “How can improving farmer health and wellbeing enhance resilience?” 

Climate change, poverty and health are inextricably linked. Safeguarding rural livelihoods from the destabilizing impacts of extreme weather events can promote the health and wellbeing of farmers, their families and communities, thereby ensuring a more resilient agricultural sector. This panel will consider whole-systems approaches to improve farmer health and wellbeing, from climate-sensitive health risks, their exposure pathways, and vulnerability factors, to the importance of enhancing the adaptive capacity and resilience of health and agricultural systems. We will explore these areas while considering the context-specific needs and priorities of rural communities, putting farmers’ health and wellbeing at the heart of this dialogue.   

Panelists:

  • Dr. Shobhana Nagraj, Post-doctoral Clinical Researcher in the Health Systems Collaborative group at the NDM Centre for Global Health Research (moderator)
  • Dr. Kate Lamont, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary & Animal Science at the Centre for Epidemiology and Planetary Health (CEPH)
  • Her Excellency Toyin Ojora Saraki - Founder & President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa
  • Duncan Williamson - Global Strategic Lead for Food Systems at Forum for the Future

Watch this panel live here:

When: Oct 6, 2023 15:30 London

Topic: Oxford India Centre- Breakout Panel 1: “How can improving farmer health and wellbeing enhance resilience?”

https://sbsox.zoom.us/j/99087840703?pwd=VzlRL1J4d3ppSk9Pd0RobWhEVXljUT09

Passcode: 659326

 

Breakout Panel 2: “Resilient enterprise: Examining policies to encourage farmer innovation”

Resilient agri-food enterprises, from small farms to processing stations, are key to a sustainable food system. However, encouraging more resilient enterprises requires the design and implementation of coordinated policy reforms that promote environmentally, socially and financially balanced food system outcomes. But in examples from Sri Lanka to the Netherlands, we see examples of policy hampering, not helping, transition. Strong, replicable policymaking is key to advancing an enabling environment that supports sustainable farming.Thus, this panel will examine case studies of recent policy successes, challenges, and lessons learnt in agri-food systems, focusing on how policy solutions can help support farmer wellbeing against a background of environmental pressures, extreme weather, and other climate-related events. 

Panelists:

  • Dimitri Houtart, BBC Rural Affairs Champion (moderator)
  • Sir Peter Kendall, Bedfordshire Farmer and Former President of the National Farmer's Union
  • Chipokota Mwanawasa, Policy Advisor to the President of Zambia and Deputy Head of The President’s Delivery Unit
  • Arthur Potts Dawson, Chef Advocate for the UN World Food Programme; Sustainable Food Innovator
  • Kiran Vissa - Social Activist and Co-Founder of Rythu Swarajya Vedika

Watch this panel live here:

When: Oct 6, 2023 15:30 London

Topic: OpenAg Symposium 2023

https://sbsox.zoom.us/j/93275349521?pwd=bnFhRzRGd1c4bW5OSHV0NHIvY3dqZz09

Passcode: 612553