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Season to Season

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Learning objectives: For students to learn about the complexity of managing resources; for students to understand why long-term food insecurity is a persistent problem with small-scale farmers in countries such as Malawi.
Recommended grade level: Grades 8-Post-Secondary, Ages 14-young adult
Subjects: Social Studies/Global Issues, Business, Home Economics (money management)
Skills: math, critical thinking, processing information, problem-solving
Recommended time: 45-80 minutes
Number of players: Best for groups of 4-25 people. Could be played with more or fewer players,
Materials: 1 die, cash cards (included), cattle cards (included), student record sheet (included) per team or student, one pencil per team or student, notebook or paper for calculations
Keywords: Resource management, game/activity, hunger, food security

Click here for a printable PDF of the instructions.

Click here for a printable PDF of the Record Card.

This game presents a scenario in which individuals or teams are small-scale farmers. The participants grow maize in their small fields in order to feed their families over several seasons. Each season, they must grow a certain amount of food in order to have enough food for the family. If they have more bags than needed, they can choose to sell or store them. If they do not have enough, they may be able to buy more. Certain factors are out of the control of the participants, such as the amount of rainfall (and hence the crop yield) and the price of maize, as well as with how much money or how many cows each group begins. The participants can, to a limited degree, control other factors such as applying fertilizer to the fields, storing or selling extra bags of maize, and purchasing cattle. Students will keep track of their activities on a record card.

1 review for Season to Season

  1. Cherri

    My grade 11/12 students enjoyed this activity, and were quite aware that the simplified scenarios meant that they were spared many difficult decisions. They will be researching specific projects that Canadian Foodgrains Bank, ADRA, and other partners are involved with to help small scale farmers. I think this activity was an excellent way to continue our food justice study.

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1 review for Season to Season

  1. Cherri

    My grade 11/12 students enjoyed this activity, and were quite aware that the simplified scenarios meant that they were spared many difficult decisions. They will be researching specific projects that Canadian Foodgrains Bank, ADRA, and other partners are involved with to help small scale farmers. I think this activity was an excellent way to continue our food justice study.

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