6 - The Apicoop Blueberry Project

In this lesson the class explores the geography of Chile and learns about Apicoop - a Fairtrade producer group based in Chile.

Learning Objective
To explore the geography of Chile.

Learning Outcome
Children have investigated the reasons why Apicoop decided to begin to grow blueberries.

Resources Needed
An interactive whiteboard , data projector, PowerPoint slide or OHP of a map of South America; atlases.

Cut up sets of sorting cards for each group

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Explain that the class is going to investigate the Apicoop blueberry project, and find out why it was started in 2007.

Project a map of South America onto the board and ask pupils to identify Chile. What do they notice about its shape and location? Explain that it is an unusually long and narrow country, its length exceeds its width by 18 times!

Main Activity
Using the Chile country profile or atlases pupils identify and mark on the board:
• Its capital city
• The name of its famous mountain range
• Where Paillaco, the base of Apicoop is located
• What the weather is like

With more able children you may also discuss or mark on the map:

• The location of the equator and the tropic of Capricorn, and whether Chile is in the Northern or Southern hemisphere
• The latitude and longitude of Chile
• The time zone that it is in and the time in Chile at this moment compared with here in the UK.
• The locations of earthquakes in Chile in 2010 (on the coast between San Antonio and Concepcion - 8.8 on the MMS, 6th strongest earthquake ever recorded), 2013 (NE of Santiago, 5.7 on the MMS) and 2014 (Iquique in the North of Chile, 8.2 on MMS)

Using the Apicoop producer group profile pupils work in groups to identify 5 important facts about the organisation. These are also added to the board.

Ask the class for ideas of reasons why Apicoop beekeepers decided to begin to grow blueberries (e.g. they needed more money, they had land available etc). In groups pupils use sorting cards and sort them into order of importance.

Feed back as a class. What are the differences and similarities between the choices of the groups? How important was Fairtrade in Apicoop’s decision to grow blueberries? Could they have undertaken the project without it?
- The Fairtrade premium helped to pay for the blueberry field
- Traidcraft supplied a grant
- Traidcraft launched a Fairtrade Geobar
There were no other Fairtrade honey-infused dried blueberries in the world.
Class could go on to read Juan and Marina’s Story and write a report explaining what impact the blueberry project has had on their lives.