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A perfect storm of political unrest, climate change and disruptions brought on by the war in Ukraine is pushing food security in Asia to crisis point. In Indonesia (pictured), shortages of cooking oil prompted a blanket ban on palm oil exports in late April.    © Getty Images
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Asia's food crisis: Ukraine war triggers chain reaction of shortages

Deadly combination of conflict, misgovernance and climate change threatens widespread hunger

DOMINIC FAULDER, Nikkei Asia associate editor | Southeast Asia

BANGKOK -- "At such a time, the farmers of India are coming forward to feed the world," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared boldly on a visit to Berlin earlier this month.

Sudhanshu Pandey, secretary of India's Department of Food and Public Distribution, endorsed Modi's confidence. "India has a comfortable food situation with an overall surplus availability of grains and stocks expected to be higher than the minimum requirement for the next one year," he said.

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