Food Scarity by:Christina Zhen

Food Challenges

Learning target:

Driving question

How can we as CMS students demonstrate how to solve food challenges in our local and global communities?

We CMS students can start off by beginning with a garden or even planting crops at unwanted places like plain fields or even the sidewalks. Plants will probably grow faster in Duluth,Georgia because it rains more often here.Planting one little crop can help the community and maybe as time passes that will increase.It doesn't have to be be exact or perfect as long as there's soil,water and sunlight there will be growth happening in a period of time.

I can demonstrate how to solve food challenges in our local and global communities through subsistence farming

In the 21st centuries there are several individuals in communities and globally that struggle to have a hot meal every day.

In a community financial challenges may allow individuals not to have a meal,

While on a global basis environmental issues such as deforestation, desertification, lack of water, and water pollution may also be a challenge for the citizens of a country in growing crops for food.

Lack of food can result in malnutrition that can finally lead to death.

It is said "give a man a fish and you feed him for one day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"


Location: Abuja,Nigeria

Latitude: 9.076479 N Longitude: 7.398574 E

Region: Tropical savanna biome

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located in the centre of Nigeria, within the Federal Capital Territory. Abuja is a planned city which was built mainly in the 1980s




Banana's grow during a period of 9-12 months, but it's worth it, because when its ready, it always has a lot of bananas waiting to be picked, that can can last you for a long period of time. Banana's like a warm tropical wet or dry climate like a savanna. Abuja, Nigeria has an average temperature of 90's and another helpful use is that, banana tree's grows at high height so it can help you block out the hot sun for your house. They can also utilize the water and nutrients in waste, and they make great windbreakers. They are not only eaten as fruits, but as a dish called "plantains."

Banana Trees


Cassava is a tropical shrubby,perennial plant with an edible root,severing as a major source of carbohydrate in human diet. Nigeria produces more than 45 million metric tons of cassava. The cassava plant gives the third highest yield. These crops are not only used as food, but medicine as well. According to the American Cancer Society, cassava is ineffective as an anti-cancer agent, it is effective in treating ore preventing cancer. Cassava is also used as a cash crop. Cassava grows in a warm tropical climate with a modest rainfall.

Cassava being sold


Maize, also known as corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The six major types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.Corn is called maize by most countries, this comes from the Spanish word 'maiz'. Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family. An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed. On average an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.

Science Summary

We planted radishes because we wanted to demonstrate the food challenges around the world.A challenge that we had was to keep the radishes hydrated and alive.It was both easy and difficult to grow the radishes.The difficult part of this experiment was to maintain its living(keeping it alive),but on the other hand it was also easy because we just needed to water the plant daily.This would relate to solving food challenges worldwide because in some certain places in the world,people don't always have the water they need due to the climate ,therefore plants can't survive with those types of bad conditions.

A baby radish's results after it has been in a pot for a couple of weeks

Science Summary-Continued

First question:Why is photosynthesis important to plant growth?

Photosynthesis is plants taking in water,carbon dioxide,sunlight to make sugar and oxygen.This is important because all living things need oxygen to survive.All producers make oxygen and sugar for the secondary consumers and then the carnivores eat animals that eat the plants.

Second question:How can we increase the rate of plant growth?

We can increase the rate of plant growth by using the right amount of water and soil and just the conditions that are just right for the plant.

Third Question:How can you apply what you learned about your radish in Math and Humanities?

The radish experiment involved math and humanities because we needed to find the right measurements and price for the soil,seeds,and the amount of water that was needed in order for the radish to grow properly.Science also played a role in it because we had to determine which light was the best for growing radishes.

Math PBL-Q2 Summary

We launched this project by starting off with growing the radishes and seeing what light is the best for growing the radishes.As we did that we did research of what crops or plants we should grow depending on where we landed in Africa.We were also given a math pbl packet and in that packet we found out how much the soil would cost and how much area of land was needed along with the seeds.We did equations,ratios,and proportions to solve various parts.A solution i have for solving food challenges is to plant more gardens in unwanted areas like fields and even a sidewalk,it doesn't have to be similar to a garden but starting a garden is one way you can start off with facing the food challenges.

PBL Q2-The graph


Created with images by Unsplash - "plants field nature" • Jeff Attaway - "mosque" • Beatnik Photos - "Banana Tree" • quinet - "Cassava" • Unsplash - "corn field agriculture" • Jeremy Bronson - "Radishes!" • polarjez - "The last golden rays" • lakelou - "20110802 garden" • VicWJ - "radish"

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