The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. They won the prize for making healthier sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes have extra amounts of Vitamin A. This means they have more nutrition. One researcher said farmers didn't want to help him at first. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea." The farmers said their job was to grow more potatoes, kill pests and reduce poverty. They said it wasn't to increase nutrition.



The sweet potato could stop people dying from malnutrition - not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is very harmful. Scientists say malnutrition harms 140 million children in 118 countries. It affects seven million pregnant women and is a big reason for children becoming blind. The International Potato Center said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could help people get enough Vitamin A. It hopes there will be more vegetables with extra nutrition.

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Sources
  • http://www. bbc.com /news/science-environment-37619154
  • http:// iowapublicradio.org /post/historic-move-world-food-prize-honors-four-laureate-team#stream/0
  • http:// pulse.ng /food_drinks_travel/world-food-prize-sweet-potato-vitamin-a-research-emerges-winner-id5601487.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Four scientists have
  2. the prize for making
  3. extra amounts
  4. This means they have more
  5. farmers didn't want to help
  6. They told me it was a bad
  7. reduce
  8. They said it wasn't
  1. nutrition
  2. to increase nutrition
  3. idea
  4. of Vitamin A
  5. poverty
  6. won
  7. him at first
  8. healthier sweet potatoes

Paragraph 2

  1. stop people dying
  2. not having
  3. A lack of
  4. malnutrition harms
  5. pregnant
  6. a big reason for children
  7. the prize-winning
  8. more vegetables
  1. becoming blind
  2. Vitamin A
  3. women
  4. with extra nutrition
  5. from malnutrition
  6. sweet potatoes
  7. enough to eat
  8. 140 million children

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Four scientists (1) ___________________ 2016 World Food Prize. They won the prize (2) ___________________ healthier sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes have (3) ___________________ of Vitamin A. This means they have more nutrition. One researcher said farmers didn't want to help (4) ___________________. The researcher said: "They told me it (5) ___________________." The farmers said their job was to grow more potatoes, kill pests and reduce poverty. They said it wasn't to (6) ___________________.

The sweet potato (7) ___________________ dying from malnutrition - not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is (8) ___________________. Scientists say malnutrition harms 140 million children in 118 countries. (9) ___________________ seven million pregnant women and is a (10) ___________________ children becoming blind. The International Potato Center said the (11) ___________________ sweet potatoes could help people (12) ___________________ Vitamin A. It hopes there will be more vegetables with extra nutrition.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Fourscientistshavewonthe2016WorldFoodPrize.Theywontheprizefo
rmakinghealthiersweetpotatoes.Thesweetpotatoeshaveextraamou
ntsofVitaminA.Thismeanstheyhavemorenutrition.Oneresearchersai
dfarmersdidn'twanttohelphimatfirst.Theresearchersaid:"Theytold
meitwasabadidea."Thefarmerssaidtheirjobwastogrowmorepotatoe
s,killpestsandreducepoverty.Theysaiditwasn'ttoincreasenutrition.T
hesweetpotatocouldstoppeopledyingfrommalnutrition-nothavinge
noughtoeat.AlackofVitaminAisveryharmful.Scientistssaymalnutriti
onharms140millionchildrenin118countries.Itaffectssevenmillionpre
gnantwomenandisabigreasonforchildrenbecomingblind.TheInterna
tionalPotatoCentersaidtheprize-winningsweetpotatoescouldhelpp
eoplegetenoughVitaminA.Ithopestherewillbemorevegetableswithe
xtranutrition.

Student survey

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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