The new two-year operation will cost US$200 million to implement fully. It targets 2.4 million women and children in 87 of DPRK’s 210 counties, in nine of the country’s ten provinces.
The new operation has been designed based on a number of assessments, including a nationwide nutrition survey released in March 2013, as well as WFP’s own monitoring reports and project reviews. The assessments all point to progress in the fight against hunger and malnutrition among small children and their mothers, but the continued lack of dietary diversity, a lack of access to proteins, fats and essential vitamins and micronutrients poses an ongoing threat to their health, growth and well being.
Assessments have also underlined that people are highly vulnerable to shocks and seasonal variations as these often mean reduced access to food, leaving the most vulnerable children and women with no other option than to reduce their food intake and further compromise their dietary diversity.
The operation will be implemented under stringent monitoring conditions, which includes immediate permission for missions to access all parts of the operational chain, access to markets and the use of Korean speakers.