Educational Resources

One of our goals in writing the Atlas is to promote understanding of the sources and geography of the hunger problem. This section is designed to assist educators in using The Atlas of World Hunger as a teaching resource. One can teach the Atlas in any number of ways. What matters most is that students critically engage with the ideas, maps, and graphs in the text so that they can make sense of the paradox of hunger in the midst of plenty.

To facilitate this learning process, we have compiled a list of 18 Lesson Plan Themes that can be used in conjunction with the list of Teaching Questions by Atlas Chapter. Our hope is that Atlas users will use these resources to develop creative and engaging learning experiences. The Magnitude of Suffering provides an example of how the Atlas can be used to link Atlas concepts to current events. We developed this extra credit exercise at the University of Illinois to demonstrate how the major differences in hunger vulnerability between Chile and Haiti led to very different hunger outcomes following the devastating earthquakes that hit these countries in 2010.

In the spirit of participatory learning, if you develop teaching and learning exercises based on this Atlas, please share them with us and we will post them to this site. For inspiration and ideas on how to develop interesting learning experiences related to world hunger, visit the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization's Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger website and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Common Threads IV project, Hungry for Change.

We thank University of Illinois graduate Angela Grossi for her major contributions to this Educational Resources section of the website.