More than 10 Million North Koreans Facing ‘Severe Food Shortages’ after Worst Harvest in 10 Years


Human Wrongs Watch

More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering “severe food shortages” after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday [3 May 2019].

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Dry conditions in Unpa County, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo from FAO.

WFP/James Belgrave | An FAO and WFP assessment team visited Unpa County, North Hwanghae Province, in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in April 2019.

The report also found worryingly low food consumption levels, limited dietary diversity and families being forced to cut meals, or simply eat less.

A particular concern, is the lack of dietary diversity, which is vital to good nutrition. That’s amplified when it comes to families with young children, or pregnant and breastfeeding women, who are the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

The assessment found that the Government’s Public Distribution System, on which a large portion of the population relies, has been forced to cut rations to the lowest ever level for this time of the year. (SOURCE: UN News).

2019 Human Wrongs Watch

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