Monday, February 15, 2016

Food for thought

Image above: The Home page for the Australian Governments Food for thought resource.

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Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

 Thinking food!

A resource to help unpack the following conundrum:

"The world produces enough food to feed everyone. Yet, one in nine people on our planet go to bed hungry each night. Why does hunger exist in a world with enough food for all?"

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government, in partnership with Oxfam Australia and the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria have developed a free resource titled Food 4 Thought. This new education resource is perfect for the teaching of the Australian Curriculum Year 9 Geography Unit 1: Biomes and food security.

The online student-centred learning sequence of the site uses an interactive inquiry-based approach where students can gain knowledge on social justice issues that relate to the global food system. The resource can be found online at

Through exploring Food 4 Thought, students gain an understanding of how biomes are altered to grow food, and how land grabs and climate change pose challenges to food production. Students can also explore how food security can be increased and achieved and what they, as global citizens, can do.

The Food 4 Thought resource includes:
  • Teacher notes and curriculum mapping to key geographical knowledge and understanding, geographical inquiry and skills competencies
  • Interactive online learning activities for students housed on a special online learning space
  • Videos, interactive maps, infographics, reports, photo essays, links to relevant websites and other source material
  • Print and tablet-friendly downloadable PDFs.

For more information, contact Annalise De Mel, Schools Program Coordinator at Oxfam Australia at or 03 9289 9390. 

Whilst on the Oxfam site, check out the other teaching resources developed by Oxfam and other potential activities and programs relevant to the teaching of the geography curriculum.

Click here for more maps relevant to food production and security to support teaching and learning on the Biomes and food security unit of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.



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