Snakes and Ladders on the way to Agroecology

This project developed a board game explaining the dos and don’ts of agroecological practices in a lively and entertaining way for smallholder farming families in India and Tanzania.


  • Lead school School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute HAFL Institut Hugo P. Cecchini
  • Research unit International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.12.2021 - 31.05.2023
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Gurbir Singh Bhullar
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Gurbir Singh Bhullar
  • Project staff Prof. Dr. Gurbir Singh Bhullar
  • Partner Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    Punjab Agricultural University
    bioRe India Limited
    bioRe Tanzania Limited
  • Keywords Agricultural extension; Advisory services; Knowledge management; Innovation and co-creation of knowledge; Sustainable production systems; Capacity building; Board game for capacity development


The Snakes and Ladders on the way to Agroecology board game integrates practical information about agroecological practices in cotton-based farming systems. The concept places a strong focus on the involvement of women and younger generations in farming decisions. As judged by the project evaluation jury, "The board game creates needed awareness and holistic understanding – which is the foundation of all other activities in the transition process from conventional to agroecological farming practices and eventually food systems." This project, which ran from December 2021 to May 2023, is part of the The Innovation Challenge 2021, conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH global project “Agricultural Policy and Innovation Fund (FABI)”. FABI is the forerunner of the “Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag)”. Both are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Find out more! Project leader Prof Gurbir S. Bhullar discusses the project concept and its success and experiences – in India, Tanzania and even in Switzerland – in this four-minute video.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 2: Zero hunger