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Meet the Central Bankers Who Fight With Tomatoes and Owls

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Rosmaya Hadi, head of the Indonesian central bank in West Java province, is trying to rein in Asia’s highest inflation rate. That’s why she’s harvesting tomatoes.

Wearing a gray, patterned hijab, she chats to farmers she’s worked with for six months to improve their yields of potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, asking after their children’s health and listening to how the crops are coming on. She bites into a fist-sized tomato, just plucked from the vine.