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Drought in Asia raises fears about food security

Top rice producers India, Thailand and Vietnam have been hit by extremely hot weather

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A heat wave is sweeping top rice exporter India, while the No 2 supplier Thailand (above) is facing a second year of drought. World rice production is expected to decline for the first time this year since 2010.

Singapore

NEARLY a decade after a spike in global food prices sent shockwaves around the world, Asia's top rice producers are suffering from a blistering drought that threatens to cut output and boost prices of a staple for half the world's population.

World rice production is