African Farmer is a free, open source online game developed by a team from the University of Sussex and Future Agricultures. It simulates the complex decisions and uncertainties faced by small-scale farmers living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Your challenge is to manage a farming household in a village. You need to make decisions on what to grow, what to buy and how to feed your family – and then see the results of those decisions. You must take care of your farm and your family’s health – but watch out for price rises, bad weather and disease!
The game is available in two versions: a single player and multiplayer game. The website has useful film clips and PDF guides on how the game works, and how to manage the multiplayer version.
This is a useful way for older students of Geography, Economics or Development Studies (ages 14 to 16+) to explore what life can be like for poor farmers, and how the decisions they may make early on can have unforeseen impacts later. Once they have played the game, students should ideally have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in a classroom discussion session.
- Game (free)
- Website (free)
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