Archives for category: Scarcity & Need

Our boys visited a local butchery to better understand how meat products are made ready for local sale and consumption.


Here are some photos of the boys getting orientated to SJI’s rooftop farm where they will soon be planting their very first crop of vegetables.


As we arrive at the end of the first term, we are nearing the end of our very first cycle of World & Me. Here is a brief summary of what our students experienced as they explored the issue of Food:

Food — Scarcity & Need

  • Stage 1: Food Diary or Fridge Hunt
    • students tracked the sorts of food they consumed and noted their origins
  • Stage 2: Food Miles or Food Atlas
    • students mapped out the routes taken by their preferred foods from “farm to fork”
  • Stage 3: Humanities
    • students learnt how to compare and evaluate print and pictorial sources (especially in relation to famine in Sudan)
  • Stage 3: English
    • students learnt verbal communication through the creation of an original rap, poem, or song dealing with the topic of food
  • Stage 3: Science
    • students learnt how to test for key nutrients in food
    • students also learnt about various malnutrition diseases
  • Stage 4: My vocation in the world
    • students reflected on particular Areas of Concern on the issue of food, guided by their personal values
  • Stage 5: An action project
    • students banded together with like-minded peers to carry out advocacy and action projects related to the issue of food, such as urban vegetable farming, and  food waste recycling

This term the boys have been learning about food. As part of this, they visited Kin Yan Agrotech in the Kranji Countryside area of highly urbanised Singapore.

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Reports out of the secretive ‘hermit kingdom‘ suggest that the suspension of food aid resulting from its continued attempts to launch rockets may well precipitate a ‘hidden famine‘ and possibly cannibalism.

Little can be known for certain about the realities inside North Korea, notwithstanding recent visits by prominent visitors.

Is food is being used as tool, even a weapon?

Who will help deal with the potentially disastrous consequences on the ground?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Food we something we cannot live without. And in sunny, food-crazy Singapore, we have just introduced the nation’s first commercial vertical farm. The idea was already under development a year ago

Vertical farming promises to be able to provide for up to 10% of the vegetables consumed in the country.

On the other hand, we have the intractable food crisis in the Horn of Africa

Why can’t the Horn of Africa nations deal decisively with their food security issues?



China’s population is ageing. By 2050 more than a quarter of the population will be over 65 years old and younger generations face an unprecedented burden of care.

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What our food is really costing us

And what we can do to help our kids

Hit by haze again

That we “share the same sky” and “breathe the same air” might be truisms. But nothing drives home our inter-connectedness and inter-dependence like breathing in smoky, hazy air and having reduced visibility. Yes, the haze is back. And the problem, a fairly wicked one. No one actor, even if that actor is a nation-state, can tackle this problem alone. Trees burn in Java or Sumatra and the Malaysian Peninsula is smothered by haze. And even tiny Singapore, so often spared from nature’s worst by surrounding land masses, is not immune to this scourge.