Rice and sugar harvests in the Philippines were damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan when the most powerful storm on record to strike the country unleashed winds and floods that may have killed as many as 10,000 people.
Asia’s coconut palms, which mark the landscape from the Philippines to India, face a crisis as aging groves become less productive, with harvests that are a source of food and income for millions being outstripped by demand.
North Korea’s food shortages are worsening, with a drop in aid and a jump in food prices prompting a “rapid” rise in malnourished children and putting millions of others at risk, two United Nations agencies warned.
Grain demand in Japan, the world’s largest corn importer, is unlikely to decline even after an earthquake and tsunami damaged some of the nation’s ports and disrupted deliveries, the United Nations said.
Farmers from Australia to Europe to the U.S. are poised to reap the second-largest wheat crop on record as fields recover from drought and heat waves, boosting global stockpiles for the first time in four years.