Responsible consumption of food 1

(Edition: Responsible Consumption, workshop 2/4)  

Main objectives:

Discussing the most important issues related to responsible consumption of

During the workshops participants will:




Pen (1 for each participant), paper (preferably recycled / reusable), a large world
map, projector, computer and speakers (if you decide to use the movie proposed
in the scenario).

To print:

Most of the print out needs to be cut before the workshop.


1. Warm up (10 min)

Start with participants introducing themselves (if they don’t know each other yet). Then, present to the participants a quote from Martin Luther King “Before you finish breakfast, you’ve depended on half the world” (you can write it in the paper and hang it in a visible place, so it stays with you during the whole
duration of the workshop). Ask participants to discuss for 5 minutes in pairs howthey understand this quote. How is it related to the topic of today’s workshop? Invite a few pairs who feel ready to speak English in public to share their thoughts in 2-3 sentences.

2. Warm Up 2 (5 min) 

Give to each participant the name of a country (Appendix 1). The task for the participants is to form groups with people who have countries from the same continent. If they have doubts they can use the big map brought by the trainer.

3. Speaking and reading: Where does our breakfast come from? (15 min)  

Give to each of the newly formed groups the names of some products we may use for breakfast and the countries in which they are produced. Cut them before the workshop (Appendix 2). The task of the group is to match a product with the countries which are the main exporters of that particular good. There are three countries (main exporters) per each product. After a few minutes, check the answers together, showing different countries on the big map. Come back to the quote from the beginning of the workshop. Did your understanding of the sentence change?

Summarizing, you can present the story of coffee, one of the products mentioned in the game, produced organically by a small community in northern Peru. You can use the story and photos from Exchange the World or just show participants this 3-minute video.

4. Speaking and reading: Who earns on this? (20 min) 

Divide participants into new groups of 5 people. Each person in the group receives different role:

If a group cannot be divided by 5, you can give a banana worker role to more than one person in the group or ask some people to be observers, which helps you later to summarize the game.
Each role goes with a description (Appendix 3). This exercise comes from Development Perspective material “Understanding the SDGs“. On pages 97-99 of this material you can find nicely prepared, ready-to-print descriptions of roles with photos.

Explain the game to the participants. They are workers on different stages of the banana supply chain, as it is imported from its plantations in Latin America (or Caribbean Islands) to our plates. Let’s assume that a banana costs 30p (around 1 zł). The task of participants is to negotiate how much from this amount ł should go to each person. Give participants a few minutes to read the description of the role and prepare arguments, then invite them to discuss with each other. They should share the money according to what they believe is fair. For a bettervisualization of the task, you can give each group the appropriate amount of “money” (prepared before the workshop, you can use money from existing games for example from monopoly or simply write down the relevant denominations on small pieces of paper). To summarize, ask each group to present how they shared the money and compare it with the banana picture which shows the real division (Appendix 4). Discuss together the differences between their division and the factual one. What are the consequences of such a distribution of earnings? What did they learn from this exercise?

5. Speaking and writing: food versus responsible consumption (20 min)  

There are many issues related to responsible consumption of food, work conditions or earning distribution are only some of them. Let’s discover more about it. Give each participant one card with the name of a particular issue on it (Appendix 5), distributing them proportionally. Ask participants to form new groups with people who have the same issues written on their paper. Take care that there are at least 3 people in each group. If there are not enough participants, you can choose which issues you want to discuss. You can choose depending on the interests of participants or your own knowledge in that topic.

The task of the participants in new groups is to prepare a poster/mind map about aspects they got on their cards. What problems are related to this issue? Why is it important from a responsible consumption of food point of view? You can also go around and help groups if you see that it’s challenging for them to
find their own ideas. After 10 minute, ask each group to present the results of their work to others.

6.Reading and speaking: Fair Trade (20 min)

One of the solutions for the problems presented in previous exercises is Fair Trade. While participants work in groups on the previous exercise, hang on the walls all around the room the descriptions of the 10 principles of Fair Trade (Appendix 6).

Ask participants to go around the room, read the principles and mark (for example with an X) three principles which they consider the most important. Summarize the “voting” giving the results and discussing the idea of Fair Trade. What are its pros and cons? (for example: pros – it cares about people and environment, cons – fair trade products are expensive and not easily available). 

Sticking the texts on the walls allows for a bit of movement and mixing up participants. However, you could also consider other options, like providing them to the participants to read individually or let them take photos and read from their phones. Remember to print them out with a font big enough to be
readable and prepare alternatives (for example an audio version or assistance) if you expect visually impaired participants. 

7. Speaking: other solutions (15 min) 

One of the weaknesses of Fair Trade is the low availability of this type of products in Poland and their high price. What else can we do to contribute to the responsible consumption of food? Divide the participants into small groups and invite them to brainstorm – let them write down all possible and real ways to make our food consumption a bit more responsible. 

Examples of ideas:

8. Summary (15 min)

Ask each participant to write down one thing they would do differently from today on. Then, invite them to share what they wrote and to summarize the workshop by telling what was the most important for them. At the end, invite participants to fill the evaluation form.

After the workshop you can share with participants additional materials (Appendix 7) and glossary (Appendix 8).




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