Biodiversity and Agriculture toolkit

Author(s)

Hannah Kwella, Josefine Schwingeler, Jana Schilbert, Amélie Tessartz, Annette Scheersoi

Institution(s)

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Protecting biodiversity while ensuring food security for people is one of the major challenges of our time. Human intervention in nature affects biological diversity, with traditional agriculture playing a central role. Land use change, pesticides and disease control measures lead to a drastic decline in various plant and animal populations.
How can we strike a balance between environmental protection and food security? To bring younger elementary school students into contact with these topics, this toolkit introduces key concepts in biodiversity and agriculture through outdoor learning activities.

Age

  • 08
  • 09
  • 10

Topic

  • Biodiversity and agriculture

Duration

  • Between 5-10 hours

Multimedia: Visiting an ecological farm

During the potato harvesting season, our students in Germany visited the visited the Campus Wiesengut, an ecological teaching and research farm operated by the University of Bonn in the municipality of Hennef which engages in ecological farming, producing items such as grain, potatoes, and beef.

The students got to learn about the farm, different types of grains and potatoes. They had the opportunity to taste wheat, rye and oats and even recorded their own documentary about the visit! Take a look at the video to see the results (in German).