Save Populations In Need With Strategic Food Relief
Food Force is an educational game from the World Food Programme (referred to from now on as the WFP) that teaches children about the logistical challenges of delivering food and feeding the hungry in times of crisis.
This humanitarian game was first released in 2005, and since then it has been downloaded over 6 million times and is currently being played by an estimated 10 million people all over the world.
Save the Starving Villagers
Food Force takes place in the fictional island nation of Sheylan, which has been ravaged by drought, famine and war. You will need to complete six different missions that reflect the real-life challenges faced by organizations such as the WFP as they attempt to serve real-life crises all over the world in the face of war and natural disasters.
The people of Sheylan are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, and as a virtual member of the WFP you will need to perform reconnaissance missions by helicopter, drop high energy foods down to internally displaced persons camps, find ways to get around or negotiate with armed rebel forces while on food runs and help to rebuild villages.
Raising Hunger Awareness Through Video Games
The ultimate goal of the game is to teach children about the problems caused by hunger in impoverished nations and the obstacles that must be overcome.
Each of the six missions begin with a briefing from a virtual aid worker and ends with an assessment of how well you completed the given tasks. Some of the missions include performing reconnaissance to assess the hunger problem of Sheylan, finding a balance between nutritional needs and local diet while weighing the costs of the mission, airdropping food to communities devastated by civil war, purchasing food, ensuring that all the food reaches its destination safely, and managing the long-term effects of your efforts in Sheylan and helping the displaced villagers rebuild their homes.
Learn About Real Global Needs
Children will also learn about the real WFP and its real-life humanitarian efforts all over the world. It even includes a "How to Help" section where children can learn what they can do to help fight hunger and poverty.
So many parents complain that video games are a waste of time at best and harmful to children at their worst. Food Force is a great example how games can be used educationally and still be fun!