Our Africa Teaching Resources

Farming in South Africa

You are farmer in South Africa.  Where in the country might you be living?  What might you be growing?


Link to 'Farming in South Africa' pdf

How this fits

Pupils may come up with contrasting responses to this scenario depending on whether they think of themselves as commercial (generally white) or subsistence (generally black) farmers providing an opportunity to explore racial inequality in South Africa.

Curriculum links


1.2b Knowing where places and landscapes are located, why they are there, the patterns and distributions they create, how and why these are changing and the implications for people.

1.5a Understanding how sequences of events and activities in the physical and human worlds lead to a change in places, landscapes and societies.

2.1d Analyse and evaluate evidence, presenting findings to draw and justify conclusions.

3h Interactions between people and their environments, including causes and consequences of these interactions, and how to plan for and manage their future impact.


1.3d Exploring community cohesion and the different forces that bring about change in communities over time.

Where to go

Climate & Agriculture; Economy & Industry; Food & Daily life.

What to watch

Welcome to South Africa! (video) ; At mealtime.

Follow-up questions

  1. How does weather and climate influence where in the country farms are located and what crops are grown or animals are reared?
  2. In what ways is the lifestyle of a white African farmer likely to differ from the lifestyle of a black African farmer?
  3. How do people’s diets in South Africa differ from the diets of people in the UK?
  4. What regions of the UK are associated with particular kinds of farming?

Tags: development; inequality; economic activities; farming; population & settlement; population density  & distribution; food; weather & climate

About scenarios:

Scenarios are teaching resources designed for use in the classroom or as homework. They are linked to the National Curriculum and content on the Our Africa website. See about scenarios for more information on the topics used and their position in the curriculum.



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