Key Year of the Potato: Madrid

The international year of the potato poster




1.  Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Copy the evidence from the text No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE.
a)  The potato is grown all over the world.
  • FALSE: Only in Antarctica is the potato neither cultivated nor consumed.
b)  The number of inhabitants on our planet will remain stable.
  • FALSE: Over the next two decades, the world's population is expected to grow on average by more than 100 million people a year.

2.  In your own words and based on the ideas in the text, answer the following questions. Do not copy from the text.
a)  What is the objective of the "International Year of the Potato"?
  • The main objective is to make people aware of eating this nutritious tuber every day.
b)  What does the potato mean to the population of the Andes?
  • Potatoes are a basic element of their daily diet. They are able to select them according to their flavour and to select the best area to grow them depending on their ability of adaptation to adverse climate conditions.

3.  Find the words in the text that mean:
  • a)  objective (paragraph 1) goal 
  • b) taste (paragraph 2) flavour 
  • c)  plentiful (paragraph 3) abundant 
  • d)  without doubt (paragraph 3) surely 

4.   Complete the following sentences. Use the appropriate form of the word in brackets when given.
  • a)  The potato, which was an important part of the diet of ancient tribes in South America, is now seen as the food of the future.
  • b) Being better adapted to harsh climates, the potato plant is stronger (strong) and more productive (productive) than other crops.
  • c)  The potato should be introduced (introduce) into third world countries in an attempt to solve (solve) the world food crisis.
      d) Indirect speech. Rewrite the question beginning with the words given.
  • "Will the new food policy be successful?" politicians asked.
  • Politicians asked if the new food policy would be successful. 

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