I first designed this resource for Key Stage 1 and 2 Geography. However, I have since realised that many adults enjoy it too. You can cover the topic in more or less depth depending on the age range. It is ideal for Fairtrade Fortnight / fair trade Fortnight, and can be used for Citizenship, Science or SMSC as well as Geography.
This resource shows children where their food comes from. It explains the story of how a Brazil nut is gathered in the Amazon rain forest and sold in the UK. It follows the gatherers as they encounter many scary/ cute animals. Brazil nuts depend on certain animals for their pollination and seed dispersal, and how this means they cannot be farmed. It then explains how these animals interact others in the forest.
The presentation ends with information about life in the Amazon as a Fairtrade farmer, and the benefits Fairtrade has brought local children. It also situates this trade within the context of agribusiness and deforestation.
It is suggested in the presentation that a 16.5m length of string be used to demonstrate the width of a Brazil nut tree.
I have also used Fairtrade nut packaging to create rainforest animal hats.