Extreme weather and war in Ukraine bring food security into sharp focus in China

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CHENGDU, China As the green and yellow crops swayed around her, the farmer provided a small insight into China’s efforts to feed its 1.4 billion people. 

“It’s all rice,” the woman surnamed Liu, 60, told NBC News last month. “Even in the local graveyard.”

Left reeling from a summer of record flooding after some of the heaviest rainfall in 140 years, destroying harvests and leaving millions of tons of grain lost — all amid heightened tensions with the West and the war in Ukraine — China’s leaders have been ramping up efforts to shore up the supply of food and lessen dependence on imports.