Korea, Democratic People's Republic (DPRK)

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18 July 2011

As fears of famine spread, desperate North Koreans are risking their lives to escape over the border to China. (..) Is North Korea's food shortage really that severe? The situation is bad, and getting worse. The U.N.'s World Food Program says as many as 6 million of the country's 24 million citizens are at risk of malnutrition.


16 July 2011

(..) The UN's World Food Programme says North Korea faces its worst food shortage in a decade, with six million people at risk - a consequence of poor economic management of its centrally planned system, a series of bad harvests caused by harsh winters, flooding and exhausted agricultural land, and the regime's unwillingness to spend its dwindling hard currency reserves on buying food for its 24 million people.


14 July 2011

Fears of mass starvation have led aid agencies to resume emergency food relief to North Korea. (..) The European Union (EU) is among those to resume direct food aid, partially through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP regional director for Asia Kenro Oshidari says North Korea faces two major problems - its annual food deficit and damage to crop harvests this year.


6 July 2011

India's humanitarian food assistance to DPR Korea amounting to USD 1 million has arrived in that country. India's Ambassador to DPR Korea Shri Pratap Singh traveled to the North Korean port of Nampo recently to witness the off-loading of 900 metric tons of soya beans and 373 tons of wheat, which has been made available by India, especially for women and children in DPRK, through the World Food Programme (WFP).


6 July 2011

Famine is threatening to return to North Korea. (..) In March, the World Food Program (WPF) released a report saying more than one million metric tonnes of cereals were needed for emergency food aid in North Korea.


5 July 2011

Presenter: Cameron Wilson, Speaker: Marcus Prior, the World Food Program's spokesman for Asia, in Thailand (..) PRIOR: We're very grateful to the European Union for stepping forward with this very important sum of money. Our operation lasts for a year, to implement fully it will cost over 200 million dollars. And the reason we launched an emergency operation back in April is that the situation is very precarious.


5 July 2011

Fears of mass starvation have led aid agencies to resume emergency food relief to North Korea. (..) WFP regional director for Asia Kenro Oshidari says North Korea faces two major problems - its annual food deficit and damage to crop harvests this year.


4 July 2011

The European Commission said on Monday it will give 10 million euros ($14.54 million) of food aid to impoverished North Korea, but South Korea is adamant that it won't provide help while the united States is undecided. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates the North's crop was about 4.5 million tonnes.


4 July 2011

The European commission is to give €10m (£9m) in urgent food aid to North Koreans on the brink of starvation, after negotiating for "unprecedented access" to ensure that the food goes straight to those most in need. The money will be used to buy food, through the World Food Programme and Save the Children, which will be directed to 650,000 children in hospitals and care homes, breastfeeding women, hospital patients and the elderly.


28 June 2011

Hot on the heels of U.S. comic Danny Cho’s stand up shows in Seoul and Busan, a group of overseas comics is due to play Korea next week. (..) The tour is partly in support of the World Food Program, and Chabi says that part of the fees from the event will go to the WFP. The tour also has a page on the WFP’s website, wefeedback.org, where you can give money and keep track of the impact of donations.