By Xuerong Liu, WFP Programme Officer in Pyongyang
On 20 September, a delegation from New Zealand headed by Seoul-based Ambassador His Excellency Patrick Rata visited institutions caring for children supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sariwon city, North Hwanghae province.
Children in baby homes, child centres and paediatric hospitals in DPR Korea benefit from the locally-produced Super Cereals provided by WFP. As part of the visit, the New Zealand delegation also visited a factory producing Super Cereals in Pyongyang.
The Ambassador enjoyed the opportunity to visit the WFP-assisted institutions and facilities and was impressed with the support WFP is providing to infants and children who need specialised nutritional assistance. "WFP staff should be very proud of themselves for their hard work and efforts to produce the nutritious food products which reach and help the most vulnerable and needy beneficiaries," he said.
Since 1998, the local production of Super Cereals has been at the heart of WFP efforts to address undernutrition in DPR Korea. Each month, a network of 14 local operational factories produces over 4,000 metric tons of nutritious biscuits and Super Cereals which are enriched with vitamins and minerals. The biscuits and Super Cereals are distributed as supplementary foods to children and pregnant and breastfeeding women.