In our interconnected world, our supply of daily necessities is largely dependent on other countries’ ability to produce and deliver. In this listening comprehension exercise, you will hear two friends discuss how global events are affecting the availability and prices of food.

  • Q1. The boy thinks that global food prices have increased because

    1. border restrictions to curb the pandemic have caused logistical delays.
    2. supplies from Ukraine and Russia have been greatly reduced.
    3. Russia is the world’s largest exporter of fertilisers.
    4. seasonal harvests have been disrupted.
  • Q2. The two friends agree that food insecurity means that

    1. food supply from other countries is inconsistent.
    2. countries are dependent on others for their food supply.
    3. some families cannot afford nutritious meals.
    4. harvest yields are affected by climate change.

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