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Blockades in Colombia jeopardize country's food security

Nearly a month of anti-government protests and road blockades have taken a huge toll on Colombia's economy.

Protests began on April 28 against a now-cancelled tax reform proposed by the government of President Ivan Duque. Demonstrators have since been demanding government to action to tackle poverty and police violence.

More than 2,100 road blockades in support of the national strike have paralyzed imports, exports and caused shortages of fuel, food and medical supplies across the country.

Losses amount to $2.7 billion and agriculture is the most affected sector, said Jorge Enrique Bedoya, the head of the Colombian Agricultural Society.


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