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26 April 2011

Former President Jimmy Carter and other past world leaders were hoping to meet with North Korea's ruler as they began a three-day mission Tuesday to discuss dangerous food shortages and stalled nuclear disarmament talks.(..)Years of poor harvests, a lack of investment in agriculture and political isolation have left the North severely vulnerable to starvation, with the average amount of food distributed by the government to each person dropping this year from 1,400 calories per day to just 700, according the U.N.'s World Food Program.


18 April 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has wrapped up a two-day visit to South Korea. On Sunday she and President Lee Myung-bak reaffirmed their support for ratification of a bilateral free trade agreement as well as for continued cooperation in Afghanistan and Libya.(..)But Daniel Pinkston says there’s another concern that both the US and South Korea should be addressing. The World Food Program and other aid groups say the North will soon face another sever food deficit and millions could go hungry.


13 April 2011

Russia has increased its humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the request of the DPRK and will continue offering such assistance, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin said on Tuesday.(..)"Russia has already increased the volume of food aid for the DPRK within the framework of the World Food Program, and is ready to further provide humanitarian aid on a bilateral basis," Borodavkin said, adding that total volume of Russia's aid to the DPRK is worth up to 5 million U.S. dollars.


11 April 2011

Officials delay food situation report as international calls grow for assistance Unlike past springs, South Korea has not been making public its own assessment of the food situation in the North, indicating its dilemma as international charity groups are pressing for shipment of aid to the impoverished regime.(..)Last month, the World Food Program called on the international community for 434,000 tons of food assistance to support the most vulnerable people ― children and pregnant women ―- in North Korea.


8 April 2011

First hand accounts of the food situation in North Korea are by definition hard to obtain. In its recent report outlining severe shortages in the country, the World Food Program said it was given unprecedented access and interviewed 122 households. Nonetheless, skeptics caution that the North Korean elite are painting a bleak picture in order to secure aid that can be siphoned off for the military or other purposes.


7 April 2011

North Korean legislators gathered in Pyongyang on Thursday amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il may appoint his son to a post that would make him the nation's second most powerful man.(..)The World Food Program said last month that more than 6 million North Koreans need outside food aid due to hardships including heavy flooding and a harsh winter.


5 April 2011

The legwork being put in by North Korea’s overseas diplomatic missions and even some of its high-ranking Pyongyang functionaries in pursuit of food aid is a source of ongoing interest for North Korea watchers.(..)Among the latter group are a number of international organizations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), which took a team incorporating the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to research the issue in North Korea between February 21st and March 11th.


4 April 2011

South Korea has authorised private shipments of food for hungry North Korean children, an official said Monday, the latest aid packages to be approved since Seoul eased its policy last week.(..)The South's eased stance follows a report last month from the World Food Programme and other UN agencies, which said more than six million Northerners urgently need food assistance.


31 March 2011

South Korea said Thursday it would allow a private group to send aid to North Korea, the first such approval since the North's deadly bombardment of a border island last November.(..)The World Food Programme and other UN agencies said in their report last week that more than six million Northerners urgently need food assistance.


31 March 2011

The World Food Program (WFP) plans to announce in two weeks a series of concrete humanitarian steps the international community should take in a bid to ease the ongoing food crisis in North Korea, its top Asian official has said. Kenro Oshidari, regional director for Asia, said in an interview on Wednesday with Yonhap News Agency that North Korea needs "a little over 1 million tons" more food than what it currently has in order to feed its people.