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Indonesia farmers fear China free trade fallout

A free trade deal between China and the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) comes into affect this year.

The government Indonesia, which is part of Asean, says removing barriers and ensuring easy cross border trade will help grow the domestic economy.

But many workers are worried they will not be able to compete against a flood of Chinese products and Indonesian farmers, especially, worry that they will soon be out of jobs as consumers choose cheaper Chinese produce.

Thousands of workers have taken to the streets calling for parts of the trade pact to be delayed.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Cipanas in West Java.


Chinese provinces battle worsening drought

Parts of northern and central China have been hit by one of the worst droughts in 50 years, and the government has moved quickly to irrigate fields and revive crops.

Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan reports from one of the hardest-hit areas in Henan province.


Somalia’s agricultural region faces dire future

 

Somalia’s humanitarian situation has been deteriorating in recent months, amid an increase in attacks on the country’s transitional government by opposition fighters.

People living in the country are losing hope as politicians in the government, which was once seen as the best possible chance for Somalia, argue among themselves.

In Somalia’s agricultural region the situation could not be more dire, as Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports.