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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

Graduating from university in Botswana

You have just graduated from the University of Botswana. In what sector of the economy might you look for work?
Geography: 1.5a, 1.7a, 2.1d, 3g
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
Minister of Land and Natural Resources in Ghana
You have just been made Minister of Land and Natural Resources in Ghana.  What changes might you make to gold mining in Ghana?  Why?
development; interdependence; poverty; economic activities; mining; resources; minerals
Geography: 1.2b, 1.6b, 2.1g, 3h
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
Owner of a cocoa plantation in Ivory Coast You own a cocoa plantation in Ivory Coast.  What might a normal day be like?  How might your days vary throughout the year? development; trade; economic activities; farming; food Geography: 1.7a, 2.1a, 3h
Unrest and economic development in Ivory Coast
You are an economist working for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). You have been asked to briefly summarise what effect has the unrest of the decade had on the economic development of the Ivory Coast.
development; economic activities
Geography: 1.3b, 1.5a, 2.1d, 3h
Citizenship: 1.3d
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
Working for a tour operator in Kenya
You work for a tour operator in Kenya.  How confident are you that Kenya’s tourist industry will grow over the next decade?  What reasons might you have to worry?
tourism; development; environmental issues; economic activities
Geography: 1.3a, 1.5a, 2.1d
Citizenship: 1.2c
Transferring money in Kenya
You live in north-western Kenya and want to transfer money to your sister who lives on the coast.  How might you get money to her?
development; poverty
Geography: 1.2a, 1.5a, 3g
History: 1.3a
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
Living in Soweto, South Africa
You are a black South African living in Soweto.  In what ways has the country changed since the end of apartheid?  What changes do you think still need to be made?
development; inequality; poverty; population & settlement; employment
Geography: 1.2b, 1.3b, 1.5a, 2.1g, 3g
History: 1.3a, 2.1b, 3i
Citizenship: 1.1c, 2.1a
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 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
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
Studying in Zambia
You have just finished secondary school in Kitwe and are planning on going to the Copperbelt University.  What might you choose to study?  Why?
development; education; employment
Geography: 1.5a, 1.7a, 2.1d, 3g


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