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Food and fish waste challenge import-dependent poorer nations

A third of the world’s fish stocks are overfished, FAO said, and 35% of what's caught never makes it one someone's plate.

Batac City Public Market in the Philippines
Batac City Public Market in the Philippines (AN/Bernard Spragg)

The world's less developed nations are becoming more dependent on food imports while paying a high share of their earnings to feed themselves, the Food and Agriculture Organization reported.

The Rome-based United Nations agency reported that the world's poorest countries are increasingly sustained by imports of cereals, fish, meat, dairy, sugar, vegetable oils and other basic food commodities, making them more vulnerable to shortages caused by trade disputes and other disruptions. So far, however, strong supplies have kept global food markets relatively stable.

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