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Picturing Food

Questioning images to enhance visual literacy
Shopping at a market on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines

Photographs are a valuable tool in global citizenship, helping learners to explore similarities and differences; strengthen questioning, critical thinking and cooperation skills; challenge assumptions and stereotypes; build empathy and develop respect for others.

Use this colourful collection of images and accompanying activities to help learners aged 7-14 years to consider the importance of food and farming around the world, as well as the challenges some people face in getting enough food to eat.


  • Picturing Food Teaching Ideas (346kB)

    Six simple activities to enhance learners’ critical thinking and visual literacy skills when exploring images.

  • Picturing Food Slideshow (14MB)

    A diverse selection of photographs from around the world that show people eating, cooking and farming. Background information is provided in the slide notes.

This is an Oxfam School Groups resource designed to help young people develop their skills and the confidence to make their voices heard. Find out more about starting an Oxfam School Group.