New course online to help ease the plight of the hungry

Course: Distinguished Prof Bill Davies
Course: Distinguished Prof Bill Davies
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Lancashire food producers and farmers have been working with Lancaster University to help tackle the problems of world hunger.

Distinguished Professor Bill Davies has been exploring the challenges likely to be posed by global population growth for the UK’s first free online course in food security.

Professor Bill Davies said: “Food security is one of the grand challenges facing the world, there is going to be a crisis but we are not going to just solve it by producing more food.

“There all sorts of other considerations and economic issues, all sorts of things not to do with food. For instance, people around the world are getting wealthier and eating more meat and so are using up more resources.”

Entitled “Global food security: addressing the challenge,” the course doesn’t require any qualifications and is open to anyone.

The course includes videos of farmer John Geldard from Plumgarth’s Farm Shop and Café in Kendal, members of the Olive Branch Food Bank in Lancaster talking about food poverty, as well as the organic producer Growing with Grace from Clapham.

It will also feature the work of Professor Davies and his colleagues who developed water saving techniques for agriculture which earned Lancaster University a coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.