Screenshot of the game

Welcome to the Kodagu Role Playing Game!

You are invited to play the role of an Indian farmer in charge of managing a coffee agroforestry estate!

Purpose of the game

A full game takes about 15 minutes and can be continued at any time. Your game results will help us understand how a coffee agroforestry system is managed by farmers under different policy scenarios.

The model we use to explore these scenarios has been built with farmers of Kodagu and scientists involved in the project Managing Biodiversity in Mountain Landscapes. We ran a series of workshops in Kodagu between 2010 and 2011. We are now making the model accessible through internet to reach a wider audience.

To begin with, we propose to explore two scenarios, one where the rights are left as they are today, restricted rights over jungle wood trees in coffee estates with unredeemed tenure (i), and one where full rights are given to the farmers. We want to understand the economic, social and environmental long term impacts of these policies.

The data we collect (the choices a player will make during the game) will be pooled together and used to assess the impacts of these scenarios and to use these to build policy options with the project partners and the stakeholders in the district, and eventually bring them up to the policy makers. Our objective is to foster better policies enabling economic development and conservation of natural resources. The information collected will remain anonymous.

We hope to contribute to the ongoing debate on this policy issue with our scientific results during the months to come.

We need your participation in order to collect enough data and have a stronger impact. Share the word!

Learn more...

ETH Zurich CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development CGIAR: Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research CIFOR: Center for International Forestry Research
University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore Institut Français de Pondichéry


The Kodagu Game was developed with support from ITES (ETH Zurich), CIFOR
and The Consortium Research Program on Forest Trees and Agroforests.