YouTube Food Force Viral Video

YouTube Food Force Viral Video

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A viral video game on YouTube shows clips from the first humanitarian video game called Food Force. This video game was created in 2005 by the UN World Food Programme, is social networking for business and charities with the aim of teaching children about the logistical challenges of delivering food aid in a major humanitarian crisis.

Since then the game has been downloaded over 6 million times, and has an estimated network of 10 million players worldwide. Set on a fictitious island called Sheylan that is riven by drought and war, Food Force challenges kids to complete six virtual missions that reflect some of the real-life obstacles faced by the WFP in its emergency response to disasters like the tsunami and other hunger crises around the world.

The scenario in the game is that there are tens of thousands of Sheylan’s residents displaced and in urgent need of food aid, and players must pilot helicopters to airdrop food to camps, among other missions.

UN World Food Programme Video Game

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The UN World Food Programme video game Food Force can be downloaded online for free. It is an idea for using the latest technology to communicate the organization’s message to children in a language they can relate to. Food force has generated a lot of interest among young people and helps to increase their understanding about hunger, which kills more people around the world than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Each mission in the game begins with a briefing on the task ahead by a member of the Food Force team of virtual aid workers. This is followed by feedback on the player’s performance and an educational video that is filmed on the front lines of the WFP’s work in the field.

The Food Force website links to more information about WFT and features a special section for teachers with complementary lesson plans about hunger to use with their students, as well as a section with ideas on fundraising and school involvement.