Scientists from Sheffield join forces to tackle world famine

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SHEFFIELD University scientists are to play a key role in a new £16m Government project that aims to boost food production in developing countries.

The programme is being backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who said the Sheffield team was a vital part of the UK’s world class bioscience sector.

“One billion people go to bed hungry every night,” the Sheffield Hallam MP said. “By 2050 there will be another two billion mouths to feed.

“Experts predict the world will need to be able to grow 70 per cent more food.

“Sheffield University is dedicating vital knowledge and expertise to tackling this global problem.

Experts from the university will work with staff at 13 British universities and institutes and farmers in Africa and Asia.

Together they will work to develop crops that are resistant to disease, pests and drought.