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"The World Food Programme says that approximately 25 million people are vulnerable to food insecurity in Indonesia, particularly households engaged in food and cash crop subsistence farming and agricultural wage labour.

In March 2012 rice prices were 18 percent higher compared to the same time last year while the real wage of agricultural labour had decreased by one percent.

Figures from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture show that an average Indonesian consumes 139 kilos of rice per year, while a Malaysian and a Japanese only consume 80 kilos and 60 kilos respectively per year.

Now scientists from the Indonesian city of Bogor may have a solution, a rice substitute.

Starting in 2011, a university teacher and three undergraduate students, at the faculty of Food Industry at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, worked to create a potential substitute for rice, a staple diet for the majority of Indonesians.

Using a mixture of natural carbohydrates that are abundantly available in Indonesia, such as sorghum, corn, cassava, yam and sago plants, scientists created a blend of these ingredients and then processed the mixture.

The machine pressurises the main ingredients, then cooks and shapes them into what the scientists claim to be the most advanced artificial rice in the country to date."

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