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  • on 06.10.2014
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  • by Kevin Hind

African Farmer – play and learn 0

New online game simulates the complex decisions and uncertainties faced by small-scale farmers in Africa

African Farmer has been developed to challenge and engage students, development practitioners, and anyone interested in the challenges faced by farmers in poor countries. The challenge for players is to manage a farming household in a village, as they make decisions on what to grow, what to buy and how to feed a family – and see the results of those decisions. African Farmer presents players with a range of challenges, from food prices, diets and work, to more unpredictable chance events like weather and disease.

“The game is about allowing people to be confronted by uncertainty and having to make complex decisions with imperfect information,” explains project coordinator, Dr John Thompson. “It’s about exposing people to encounter the realities – within the limits of the simulation – that small farmers face on a day-to-day basis. And it allows people to think about the strategies that farmers pursue and the kinds of policies, technical support and services they require to allow them to follow those successfully in the real world.” The game is free and open source: www.africanfarmergame.org.

By Spore 

Photo credit: africanfarmergame.org

Spore is the flagship magazine of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). From October 2012, the magazine is managed by Afronline’s editor, VITA.

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