Pre-Post Activity for Farming for the Future/Starvation or Survival

You are pairs of advisors for an International Development Aid Agency. The Board needs your top two recommendations for projects to fund this coming year. Allow four minutes. Record on transparency, newsprint to bring out after the simulation so pairs can change their choices if desired.

No wrong or right answers. Run down the list asking who would benefit from this kind of aid. It becomes apparent, for example, that subsistence farmers wouldn´t benefit from additional help to farmers whose land is already irrigated.

MAKE A TRANSPARENCY OR COPIES FOR EACH PAIR OF ADVISORS

PROJECT PROPOSALS FOR INTERNATIONAL FUNDING

  1. Shipment of fertilizer for use by farmers who already have irrigation.
  2. Development of a high school course in agricultural methods in tropical climates.
  3. Transfer of 100 students to agricultural schools in the U.S. and Europe.
  4. Loan to be used to buy food products available on the world market.
  5. Purchase of tractors to be used to increase food production in five countries.
  6. Training researchers to conduct research on ways to increase cereal crops: rice, wheat, corn and millet.
  7. Money to build a part of a new regional agricultural college.
  8. A program to double the well water in irrigated sections.
  9. Seeds to be distributed to rural farmers throughout the region.
  10. Develop a factory to turn sisal into rope products.