3rdWorldFarmer - Hosted at Edmodo
Subject: Social Studies
Player Mode: Single
User Access: Student, Teacher
3rdWorldFarmer lets students play out the hard life of a farmer in a developing nation with droughts, disease, poverty, corruption, and war. It's a fairly serious simulation that sketches some of the hardships and dilemmas from the farmer's perspective. The game's goal is to escape poverty by building roads, communications, a school, a health clinic, political representation and insurance, while managing your farm and family.
The game can sometimes be randomly unfair, and it also has some humorous elements, such as raising elephants for livestock, so it shouldn't be taken too literally - but the game as such is still a great starting point for classroom discussions and assignments about the complex dynamics of poverty.
3rdWorldFarmer has been featured on numerous news and gaming websites, and has long been a part of the Action Center to End World Hunger's permanent exhibition in NYC. With this App from Edmodo, 3rdWorldFarmer is finally available for direct use in your classroom.
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