The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Four scientists have won the 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the International Potato Center. They won the prize for making sweet potatoes healthier. This has benefits for millions of people around the world. The scientists developed sweet potatoes that have extra amounts of Vitamin A. This means they contain more nutrition. One researcher said it was difficult to get farmers to help him with his work. 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, not increase nutrition.



The sweet potato could stop people dying from malnutrition. This is not having enough to eat. A lack of Vitamin A is very harmful. Scientists say malnutrition affects over 140 million small children in 118 countries. It also affects over seven million pregnant women. Scientists also say it is a big reason for children becoming blind. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could make a big difference. Hungry people could get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists will grow vegetables that have 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. This has benefits for
  3. extra amounts
  4. This means they contain more
  5. it was difficult to get farmers to help
  6. They told me it was a
  7. their job was to grow
  8. reduce
  1. nutrition
  2. more potatoes
  3. poverty
  4. of Vitamin A
  5. won
  6. millions of people
  7. bad idea
  8. him with his work

Paragraph 2

  1. stop people dying
  2. This is not having
  3. A lack of
  4. malnutrition affects
  5. it is a big reason for children
  6. the prize-
  7. make a big
  8. more scientists will grow
  1. over 140 million
  2. vegetables
  3. enough to eat
  4. winning sweet potatoes
  5. from malnutrition
  6. difference
  7. Vitamin A
  8. becoming blind

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Four scientists (1) ___________________ 2016 World Food Prize. The scientists are from the International Potato Center. They won the (2) ___________________ sweet potatoes healthier. This has benefits (3) ___________________ people around the world. The scientists developed sweet potatoes that (4) ___________________ of Vitamin A. This means they contain more nutrition. One researcher said it was difficult to get (5) ___________________ him with his work. The researcher said: "They told me it was a bad idea." The farmers said their (6) ___________________ more potatoes, kill pests and reduce poverty, not increase nutrition.

The sweet potato (7) ___________________ dying from malnutrition. This is not having enough to eat. (8) ___________________ Vitamin A is very harmful. Scientists say malnutrition affects over 140 million small children in 118 countries. It (9) ___________________ seven million pregnant women. Scientists also (10) ___________________ big reason for children becoming blind. Jan Low, from the International Potato Center, said the prize-winning sweet potatoes could (11) ___________________ difference. Hungry people could get enough Vitamin A. She hopes more scientists will grow vegetables (12) ___________________ nutrition.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Fourscientistshavewonthe2016WorldFoodPrize.Thescientistsarefro
mtheInternationalPotatoCenter.Theywontheprizeformakingsweetp
otatoeshealthier.Thishasbenefitsformillionsofpeoplearoundtheworl
d.ThescientistsdevelopedsweetpotatoesthathaveextraamountsofVi
taminA.Thismeanstheycontainmorenutrition.Oneresearchersaiditw
asdifficulttogetfarmerstohelphimwithhiswork.Theresearchersaid:"T
heytoldmeitwasabadidea."Thefarmerssaidtheirjobwastogrowmore
potatoes,killpestsandreducepoverty,notincreasenutrition.Thesweet
potatocouldstoppeopledyingfrommalnutrition.Thisisnothavingenou
ghtoeat.AlackofVitaminAisveryharmful.Scientistssaymalnutritionaf
fectsover140millionsmallchildrenin118countries.Italsoaffectsovers
evenmillionpregnantwomen.Scientistsalsosayitisabigreasonforchil
drenbecomingblind.JanLow,fromtheInternationalPotatoCenter,said
theprize-winningsweetpotatoescouldmakeabigdifference.Hungrype
oplecouldgetenoughVitaminA.Shehopesmorescientistswillgrowveg
etablesthathaveextranutrition.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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