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The Democratic Republic of Congo, which cultivates only 10 percent of its arable land, imports almost all of its food. At local markets, the rice comes from Asia, the fish from Latin America and the onions from Cameroon. The result of this reliance on imports is food insecurity. In March, the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of borders made the situation worse. Commodity prices skyrocketed and some commodities, such as cornflour, are out of stock. And yet, the country has vast agricultural potential. Our correspondents report.
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