3. Stakeholders in Food and Health

Lesson Plans for Stakeholders in Food and Health

These learning activities cover everything in the IB guide for this topic. Lesson plans include resources to use on an interactive whiteboard and worksheets to print. The pages have full student access to give maximum flexibility to the teacher and the student. There are theoretical notes for extended reading and teacher notes at the top that provide timing information lesson objectives and activity instructions


The roles of international organizations (such as the World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and World Health Organization), governments and NGOs in combating food insecurity and disease

The influence of TNCs (agribusinesses and the media) in shaping food consumption habits

The Role of International Organisations, NGOs and Governments

The following page provides resources for three to four lessons on the role of international organisations, NGOs and different national governments in combatting food insecurity and disease. It uses a variety of in-depth resources, fact sheets, educational videos and exemplary material to examine the different roles. It addresses the interchanging and complex role of these different stakeholders and specifically examines the role of the EU and US.

The Influence of TNCs (Agribusiness) in Influencing Consumption Habits

The page explores the role of agribusiness and the media in influencing food consumption. The lesson begins with a look at a number of food commercials and students identify how such commercials influence consumer decisions. Students then look at the role and dominance of agribusinesses across the food supply chain through a number of graphics, based on the food price index, food production and consumption patterns. The lesson then looks at the role of agribusiness in land grabs and seed patents and how Vindana Shiva argues this is root cause of hunger in rural regions of developing countries.


Gender roles related to food and health, including food production/acquisition and disparities in health

Gender Roles Related to Food and Health

This page examines the role of gender in terms of access to health care and production and access to food. It begins by looking at what the key data on HALE and life expectancy tells us and explores why women tend to fare better but at the same time how the data may show a gender bias. The page explores a number of place examples, including women cooperatives in Niger and maternal care in Chad, as well the issues of patriarchy and polygamy in Sub-Saharan Africa and its impact on the diets of girls and women.


Factors affecting the severity of famine, including governance, the power of the media and access to international aid

  • One case study of the issues affecting a famine-stricken country or Area

The 2017 South Sudan Famine

This pages explores the influence of governments at different scales, the media and humanitarian systems on the famine of South Sudan in 2017. It begins by examining the complexity of famines in terms of their causes and rarity before looking at the role of different media outlets including social media and mapping media. The page goes on to investigate the specific roles of government and humanitarian agencies in South Sudan. Students explore the issues through a card activity and produce a diamond ranking of causes. The lesson concludes by specifically looking at the role of different humanitarian agencies including the WFP in South Sudan. There is also an assessment essay based on critiquing the role of the government.

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