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Heavily dependent on imports for their wheat supply, many Asian countries are facing growing risks of food security in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Growing appetite for wheat exposes Asia's soft underbelly

Consumption up 30% in 10 years but Ukraine war threatens food security

MASASHI IJICHI and YUICHI SHIGA, Nikkei staff writers | Southeast Asia

TOKYO/MANILA -- Growing wheat consumption in Asia has become a major source of security concerns for the region.

Consumption of the grain has increased more than 30% over the past 10 years as people have diversified their diets. While wheat-based food staples like bread and noodles have become nearly as popular as rice, it is not easy to grow wheat in Asia, forcing many countries to rely on imports.

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