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Climate & agriculture teaching resources


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Working in Botswana's Ministry of Trade and Industry You work in Botswana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. In what areas of the economy would you recommend the government invests over the next ten years? economic activities;
Geography: 1.2b, 1.3b, 1.7a, 3g

A Pilot flying tourists around Botswana

You are pilot flying tourists from Botswana’s capital, Gabarone, to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. What do you notice about how the landscape of the country changes as you fly north?
population & settlement;
population density & distribution
Geography: 1.2b,
3c, 3f

Advising arable farmers in Ghana You are an agronomist advising arable farmers in Ghana.  What recommendations might you make to the farmers?  Why?
development; interdependence; economic activities; farming Geography: 1.2a, 1.4a, 2.1d, 3h
1.3c, 2.3c
Travelling along the River Volta in Ghana
You are in a boat travelling south along the River Volta.  What differences might you notice in the types of farming as you travel from the north of Ghana to the south?  What might explain the differences?
economic activities; farming; ecosystems; weather & climate
Geography: 1.2b, 1.5a, 3f
Punting in Cambridge and mahogany from Ghana
You run a company offering punting tours in Cambridge.  You notice that very little of the mahogany out of which the punts are made comes from Ghana anymore.  Why might this be?
resources; forests; sustainable development; conservation

Geography: 1.4b, 1.6b, 2.1d, 3h
Wildlife in the Ivory Coast
You are a professor at the University of St Andrews and a member of the Scottish Primate Research Group.  Why might you be particularly interested in carrying out research in Ivory Coast?  Who amongst your colleagues in the School of Biology might also be interested in Ivory Coast?
development; environmental issues; conservation
Geography: 1.2b, 1.4a, 2.1d
Science: 3.4c
Deforestation in Kenya
You live in central Kenya.  How might you have contributed to deforestation in this area?
population density & distribution; resources; forests; environmental issues; deforestation
Geography: 1.3a, 1.6b, 3f, 3h
Science: 3.4c
Citizenship: 2.3a
Growing tea in Kenya
You are a farmer growing tea in Kenya.  To whom might you sell your crop?  Who might end up drinking the tea you produce?
development; trade; farming
Geography: 1.2a, 1.6a, 2.1g
Citizenship: 1.3c, 2.3c
Holidaying in Malawi You are planning holiday on the shores of Lake Malawi.  What time of year would you choose to go and why? tourism; weather & climate Geography: 2.1d, 3f
Buying a car in Malawi
You have just moved to Malawi and are planning on buying a car.  What sort of vehicle might you buy and why?
development; migration
Geography: 1.7a, 2.1d, 3h
A child growing up in Malawi
You are a child growing up in Malawi.  How important do you think education is in helping you get a job when you finish school?
development; education; employment
Geography: 1.5a, 1.7b, 3g
Citizenship: 1.3d, 3g
A girl growing up in rural Malawi

You are a girl growing up in rural Malawi.  What might your life be like?
development; inequality; employment
Geography: 1.5a, 1.7b, 2.1a
History: 3c
Citizenship: 1.2a
Renewable energy in Morocco
You are Morocco’s Minister for Energy.  Why might you be eager to invest in renewable energy sources?  What renewable energy source are you most likely to invest in?  Why?
development; interdependence; resources; energy, sustainable development
Geography: 1.4a, 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.1g, 3f
Citizenship: 3g, 3h
Overfishing on the coast of Senegal You are a fisherman living on the Senegalese coast.  You have noticed that it has steadily become harder to find fish.  Why might this be? economic activities; farming; population & settlement; population growth; resources; food Geography: 1.2b, 1.6a, 1.6b, 3h
Transporting goods from Cape Town, South Africa You work on a cargo ship transporting goods from Cape Town to Europe.  What goods might be being shipped? development; trade; economic activities; farming; food

Geography: 1.2a, 1.4a, 3h
Citizenship: 1.3c, 2.3c
Farming in South Africa
You are a farmer in South Africa.  Where in the country might you be living?  What might you be growing?
development; inequality; economic activities; farming; population & settlement; population density  & distribution; food; weather & climate
Geography: 1.2b, 1.5a, 2.1d, 3h
Citizenship: 1.3d
Flora in South Africa
You are an enthusiastic amateur botanist.  Where in South Africa might you choose to visit?  What might explain the large variety of flora in this area?
resources; ecosystems, environmental issues; conservation
Geography: 1.2b, 1.6a, 2.1g
Science: 3.4c
Farming on the banks of the Zambezi, Zambia
You are a farmer living on the banks of the Zambezi.  What threat to your crop might you be most worried about?  What do you think might be the underlying cause of this threat?
environmental hazards: floods; weather & climate
Geography: 1.4a, 1.6b, 2.1a, 3f, 3h
Science: 3.4c


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