World Development

Report
World Development
MEDC,
Developed, First
World, Rich
LEDC,
Developing,
Third World,
Poor
– Do we have enough food for everyone?
The Game
Continent
Europe & Oceania
North America
Africa & Middle
East
Asia
South America
% of world’s
population
Number of students
(class of 13)
21
9
13
2
49
8
7
2
1
1
% of world’s food related to population
Continent
Europe & Oceania
North America
Africa & Middle
East
Asia
South America
% of world’s
population
% of world’s food
21
9
13
38
22
9
49
8
25
6
Dividing up the class (don’t show
the group until afterwards)
Europe & Oceania
North America
Africa & Middle East
Asia
South America
Some questions answered.
• Q. Does the world produce enough food
to feed all the people well?
• A: Yes. Enough grain is grown to
provide each person with 10 loaves of
bread every day.
•Q. We grow more than enough grain to
feed everyone in the world. Why do the
poorest not get any?
•A. We use over 50% of it to feed animals
and fatten them up for slaughter. To
produce 1lb of beef you need to feed the
cow 5lb of grain.
Q. Why don’t the poorer farmers in
LEDC’s use fertilisers and pesticides to
help them grow better crops?
A. They can’t afford them. 85% of the
world fertilizer is used by Western
Europe and North America.
•
Q. Did the USA really dump 8 million tonnes of
grain into the sea recently?
•
A. Yes they did! They produced too much and to
prevent the prices falling and losing money, they
dumped it at sea.
•
Q. Why didn’t they ship it to the poorest people?
•
A. They say it is too expensive to transport.
Q. Why do many countries that can’t feed
their own people export millions of tons of
cash crops (tea, pineapples, peanuts) every
year?
A. Multinational companies can control
some of the best land in LEDC’s and can
dictate what to grow.
‘Food supplies are not equal around
the world’.
Complete a piece of writing about this title.
•Find examples of countries where food supply is a real
problem e.g. Ethiopia in Africa.
•Why do people there have less food than we do in
France?
•Can you find out about why people can eat so much food
in the USA?
•What things can stop people from getting food?

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