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GCSE AGRICULTURE
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QUESTION SHEET 1
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Fig. 1 shows four zones of suitability for farming in South America.
0 km 1000 N
Equator
B
Pacific
Ocean
Atlantic
Ocean
C
Zones 40 oS
Most suitable
A
Medium suitability
Poor suitability
Of little or no use
A. Andes Mountains
B. Amazon Rainforest
C. Uruguay
Zones: (based on suitability of relief, soil, temperature, quantity of rainfall,
distribution of rainfall, reliability of weather, and accessibility to markets).
(a) (i) State any four factors which determine the suitability of an area for farming.
1
2
3
4
[2]
[F Tier]
(ii) How suitable is Uruguay shown to be for farming?
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[F Tier]

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Suggest why either area A or area B on Figure 1 is of poor suitability / little or no use for
farming. Do not
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Area chosen margin
[3]
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(b) The factors determining the zones shown on Figure 1 also influence a farmer's choice of the type
of farming. Study Figure 2.
FINANCE
RELIEF SOILS
TYPE
OF GOVERNMENT
TRADITION
FARMING POLICY
MARKETS CLIMATE
PERSONAL
PREFERENCE
(i) Explain the meaning of the phrase `a farmer's choice'.…read more

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Some of the factors that influence the farmer's choice are physical, others are human.
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(i) What is meant by: write in
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1. a physical factor?
2. a human factor?
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(ii) Name two physical and two human factors.
Physical factors: 1
2
Human factors: 1
2
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(iii) For one of these physical and one of these human factors, show how each might influence
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Study Table 1 which shows the opinions of two farmers about the importance of four factors
to their farms. The factors are ranked in order of importance. Do not
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Rank Factor Rank Factor
1. Markets 1. Climate
2. Climate 2. Relief
3. Relief 3. Markets
4. Soil 4. Soil
A dairy farmer in Derbyshire, A peasant rice farmer in the Ganges
United Kingdom. Basin, India.
Suggest reasons for the differing importance of the factors to the two farmers.…read more

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Study Figure 3 which shows an input-output diagram for a farm.
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HUMAN INPUTS PHYSICAL INPUTS margin
e.g. labour e.g. soils
FARM
ACTIVITIES /
PROCESSES
OUTPUTS
e.g. milk
(i) Complete the sentences below by choosing from the following words:
inputs; marketing; processing; systems.
1. are ways of looking at farms in which inputs are shown to
influence outputs.
2. The farm's requirements are known as .
3. Farm activities involve the of inputs.
4. The selling of outputs is known as .…read more

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GCSE AGRICULTURE
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Study Figure 1, a systems diagram drawn for two farms, A and B, and answer the questions which follow.…read more

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Describe one difference in organisation between the two farms, A and B, using evidence from
each of columns 1, 2 and 3. Do not
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From evidence in column 1 margin
From evidence in column 2
From evidence in column 3
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(d) (i) State two uses for farm income as suggested by Figure 1.
1
2
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(ii) Suggest two reasons why farms such as A exist.…read more

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Suggest two ways in which food production on a farm could be increased.
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2
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(f) Study Figure 2, which shows the vicious circle of low income and production (or poverty trap)
which exists in farming in many LEDCs.…read more

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GCSE AGRICULTURE
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Figure 1 shows some of the main types of farming found in the world. margin
Europe
North America
Tropic of Cancer Asia
Equator
South America Africa
Tropic of Capricorn
N
Australia
0 km 1000
Commercial farming Shifting cultivation Of little or no farming use
(often hostile environments)
Subsistence farming Nomadic herding
(a) (i) Name the main type of farming in Europe.
[1]
[F Tier]
(ii) Name two types of farming found in Africa.…read more

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Name two areas of the world which are little used or unused for farming.
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2.
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(ii) Give reasons why some areas of the world, often hostile environments, are little used or
unused for farming.
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(d) Complete Table 1 below which relates to three types of farming shown on Figure 1.…read more

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