The Food Trade Game
The purpose of the game is to simulate specific markets, countries, and trade schemes to educate participants.
The Food Trade Game is a fun and exciting way to experience the realities of our global food market through role playing and simulation. Participants are assigned to different actors in the industry such as large farmers, seed companies, or world demand. Through rounds of trading and economic transactions, each player tries to meet their objectives within the larger context of the market. This creates moments of frustration, excitement, and quick thinking on your feet---all opportunities for learning about how most of our food is grown and distributed in our globalized world.
The game can be cultivated to exhibit whichever agricultural market you like.
"My students loved the Food Trade Game. It’s a fantastic way to get everyone engaged and interested in the ins, outs, and injustices of the global food market. After playing it, they were inspired to keep learning more. Highly recommended."
Author of Coffee
A CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE
Experiential Learning game focused on modern agriculture, markets, trade, and its effects
We believe that the highest level of understanding is through experience. The Food Trade Game attempts to help participants experience various perspectives within the global food system, with special attention to small-holder farmers. The game focuses on industrial agriculture and free trade as the dominant distribution system for our food and highlights the many social, environmental, and economic challenges that arise. However, the experience ends on a positive note, highlighting alternative systems and recommending actions anyone can take to affect change.