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Main photo and left  CP Vietnam’s Loc Ninh farm in Binh Phuoc province is a 2,400-sow grandparent farm with 10,000 breeders. The company has rigorous measures in place to keep African Swine Fever at bay. Supplied/CP Vietnam

Food is among the necessities of life, and maintaining the complex supply chains that keep us all fed is a challenge at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. Covid-19 has also changed consumption behaviour, forcing companies of all sizes in the food and agriculture industry to rethink the way they do business.

Agriculture is a significant part of most Southeast Asian economies, accounting for 12.7% of gross domestic product in Indonesia, 7.3% in Malaysia, 8.8% in the Philippines, 8% in Thailand and 14% in Vietnam, according to the World Bank.

Despite new challenges, the…

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