Korea, Democratic People's Republic (DPRK)

Hunger in the news

15 September 2011

(..) The FAO Asia chief said the country still faced a cereal deficit of more than 600,000 tonnes despite bilateral aid, the government's commercial imports and an emergency appeal by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) to help 3.5 million people.

15 September 2011

North Korea is facing a food shortfall of up to 700,000 tons this year, placing some 6 million people - many of them children - at risk of severe malnutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) in May issued an emergency appeal for 310,000 tons in food aid, of which donors have pledged to supply 170,000 tons. Only 30,000 tons have been delivered.

8 September 2011

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos will visit North Korea next month for a first-hand look at the isolated state, which has suffered chronic food shortages for years, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. (..)North Korea is a member of the United Nations and was visited separately last year by U.N. political chief Lynn Pascoe and by Josette Sheeran, head of the U.N. World Food Program.

3 September 2011

The U.S. has provided a small yet symbolic shipment of emergency relief items to flood-hit North Korea, in the latest sign of thawing ties between the wartime foes. (..) The World Food Program said earlier this year that an estimated six million of North Korea's 24 million people would go hungry without help from outside donors due to the impact on the harvest.

9 August 2011

Thailand is fast becoming a transit country for North Koreans fleeing severe food shortages and poverty, authorities say. (..) "We are at a crossroads right now: if we manage to get food into the country we can reach thousands of hungry children and their mothers on time," Claudia von Roehl, WFP country director, told IRIN from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. "Our primary concern is for those who are most vulnerable to food shortages - children, mothers and the elderly."

3 August 2011

South Korea said today it has offered aid worth nearly $5 million to North Korea to help its neighbour recover from summer floods, signalling a continued thaw in tensions on the Korean peninsula. (..) “The country has been through a very severe winter, which damaged very significantly the winter crop,” said Marcus Prior, the World Food Programme Spokesperson for South and East Asia.

26 July 2011

South Korea has allowed several humanitarian groups to deliver flour to North Korea for the first time since an attack on a border island last year. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates six million North Koreans are suffering from food shortages.

26 July 2011

North Korea's food shortage has reached a crisis point this year, aid workers say, largely because of shocks to the agricultural sector, including torrential rains and the coldest winter in 60 years. Six million North Koreans are living "on a knife edge" and will go hungry without immediate food aid, the World Food Program said, calling in April for $224 million in emergency aid.

19 July 2011

It's safe to say that prioritizing — at least in a way the rest of the world can relate to — has never been one of Kim Jong Il's hallmarks. (..) The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) says some six million North Koreans will need food aid this year after a brutal winter and the ongoing reduction in food aid from South Korea, the United States, and Europe.

18 July 2011

The United Nations World Food Program says North Korea faces its worst food shortage in a decade, with 6 million people at risk and the regime is unwilling to spend its dwindling hard currency reserves on buying food for its population of 24 million.