Korea, Democratic People's Republic (DPRK)

Hunger in the news

11 October 2011

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was headed for China ahead of a visit to North Korea, stricken by a new food crisis, as the UN presses Pyongyang to give aid agencies more freedom. (..) Amos' spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt, said restrictions had become much "easier" across most of the country and the World Food Programme can now carry out "random" visits with 24 hours notice to check how aid is used.

7 October 2011

FOOTAGE of malnourished North Korean orphans and official warnings over failed harvests have given a rare glimpse at the scale of devastating food shortages in the country after a harsh winter early this year and widespread flooding. (..) The World Food Program has warned it has only 30 per cent of the funding it needs for its relief operation, which targets 3.5 million of North Korea's most vulnerable citizens.

6 October 2011

(..) The World Food Programme has warned it has only 30% of the funding it needs for its relief operation, which targets 3.5 million of North Korea's most vulnerable citizens. It estimated in March that a quarter of the country's 24 million inhabitants needed food aid and that a third of children were chronically malnourished.

6 October 2011

(..) The U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), for instance, said last month after visiting the North that "the damage was not so significant." Another U.N. body, the World Food Programme, which has a regular presence in the North, warned in March of growing hunger. The sharp divergence of views is one reason why the U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator will visit this month to assess the situation.

3 October 2011

The World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization will assess North Korea's food production and the state of its food shortage. Voice of America reports that experts from the two UN agencies are scheduled to visit 29 counties in nine of the North's provinces from October 3rd to the 17th to conduct a Crop and Food Security Assessment.

30 September 2011

(..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in July launched an emergency food supply operation in DPRK valued at just over $200 million to assist some 3.5 million vulnerable children, women, and elderly persons, after participating in an assessment of food needs in the country in March.

30 September 2011

Donor commitments for humanitarian assistance to North Korea should increase, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. (..) Ban's appeal for more humanitarian commitments relate to U.N. World Food Program findings that about 3.5 million children, women and elderly people need assistance in North Korea.

28 September 2011

The Korean government has decided to provide East Timor with US0,000 through the World Food Programme (WFP) to help improve the nutrition of the country’s children suffering from famine in a poor environment.

22 September 2011

The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) says it has started distributing food funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

16 September 2011

The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says a combination of poor harvests, drops in donations, and rising regional food prices could leave North Korea short of food this year by about 600,000 tons. (..) WFP spokesman Marcus Prior said they have only received about a third of the $209 million required to achieve their goals.