Sweet Injustice: the chocolate game


This game is a brilliant way to attract people to your stall and to help bring alive the injustices of world trade. You will need 7 people. It works best if a member of your group runs it with six volunteers.

Set the scene

The game demonstrates the way trade works in favour of rich countries and how the low world market price of raw products, in this case cocoa, means that producers in poor countries end up with a very small share of what we pay for a bar of chocolate!

Play the game

Line up the volunteers and give them each a role, based on the list below. Start by giving the cocoa farmer, who owns a plot of land about the size of a football pitch, a chocolate bar that represents the money we pay for a normal bar of chocolate. He/she is invited to open the chocolate bar but warned that before tucking in to the fruits of their labour there are some payments to be made.

Each person will represent one of the people who has to be paid. Make signs for them to hold up so that people watching can understand what is going on. As you read off the percentages below, the farmer should hand that number of squares over to the relevant person. You can ask the cocoa farmer how he or she feels as they lose their chocolate. They normally feel that an injustice is being done!

Images of the roles in the chocolate game

The chocolate game

If all your group take part, you could dress up as each of the roles, and turn the game into a lively theatrical sketch by adding a script

These calculations are for a 24 square Fairtrade Divine chocolate bar:

Who

How much?

Non-cocoa ingredients

3 squares (13%)

Government

4 squares (15%)

Shops

5 squares (22%)

Chocolate Companies

10 squares! (43%)

Middleman

about half of what remains (3%)

Farmer

That leaves the farmer with just 1 square of chocolate (3%) to pay farm workers, pay for inputs into the farm and support his or her family with food, shelter, healthcare, education etc.


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