Trade: A fair deal?
Compare the lives of ordinary farmers and members of Kuapa Kokoo:
Planning the lesson
This lesson involves comparing the lives of members and non-members of a Fairtrade farming collective, completing a comparison chart and role-playing conversations between them.
Establish that these are all real people at the beginning of the chocolate journey. They live in Mim village or nearby and some belong to the Ghanaian organisation Kuapa Kokoo, which means 'good cocoa farmers'. (back to top)
Explain that Kuapa Kokoo is an organisation that brings many benefits to the farmers that belong to it. They are going to find out what these benefits are by reading the information given in Printout: Comparing cocoa farmers in Ghana and then completing the comparison chart in Printout: A fair deal? Comparison chart
In pairs, the students then role-play a conversation (using Printout: Cocoa people) in which a Kuapa Kokoo farmer, Kwaku Owusu, is trying to persuade a non-Kuapa Kokoo farmer, Opanin Gyimah, to join the co-operative. They should consider the following:
- What are the advantages of joining?
- What might the non-Kuapa Kokoo farmer be worried about?
Plenty of imagination can be used to talk about family, budgets, recent weather and harvests, experiences with Cocobod etc.
Run through the comparison chart together to check that students have picked up the right information. Which kind of farmer would they prefer to be? Can they see how Fairtrade benefits cocoa farmers and their communities?
Students perform their role-play conversations.
Using reference books or the Internet, ask students to find out about the work of the Fairtrade Foundation and what other Fairtrade products there are. They should report back to the whole class. (back to top)