In just a year, a virus known as “African Swine Fever” has wiped out about half of China’s pig herd, the largest in the world, and has since spread to neighboring countries in Asia.
The ASF epidemic offers a rare window into understanding China’s fragmented, underdeveloped agriculture sector, and how it can have a major impact on the global trade system into which it’s now deeply integrated.
This story was originally published on October 9, 2019.
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