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What food from Kenya can you buy in Britain? The journey of one of Kenya's key export crops, mangetout peas, is described from the fields on Kenyan farms to supermarket shelves in Britain.
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17 October 2008

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to consider the trade links between the UK and Kenya and the steps taken to get mangetout from pod to plate. Before watching the clip, pupils could be shown a map of Africa on which to locate Kenya as well as other artefacts from the country. These could include the Kenyan flag, a Maasai warrior or a picture of a lion. The pupils could select these from a box and try to guess the focus country (one of the objects could be a box of mangetout.) The pupils could be encouraged to eat a mangetout. After the clip, the pupils could put the following terms in the correct order to demonstrate the processes in the trade of mangetout, (watered, picked, weighed and checked, refrigerated, transported to the UK, put onto supermarket shelves). Groups could consider whether they think Kenya is richer or poorer than the UK, justifying their answers using evidence form the clip. Pupils might use the clip to contrast the mechanised farming and transport methods of the UK with the manual practices of Kenya. They might also consider that mangetout is an unprocessed raw material that makes very little money for the country. This is a direct contrast to the expensive high tech goods (such as computer consoles), developed in a rich country such as Japan and the USA.

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