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Harvests fall in Asia and Africa as fertilizer prices soar on Ukraine war

Russian and Belarusian exports of fertilizer chemicals decline under sanctions

A Sri Lankan farmer holds rice paddy grains as his country reels from a farming crisis.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Harvests have fallen in some parts of Asia and Africa as rising prices have made fertilizers inaccessible to farmers in developing nations, raising fears of an exacerbated food shortage.

Sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus in the wake of Moscow's invasion Ukraine have undercut supplies of potassium chloride, a key fertilizer compound.

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