Korea, Democratic People's Republic (DPRK)

DPR Korea: Helping Mothers Give Their Children A Nutritious Start
Published on 14 July 2011

 Kwan Un-Sin cradles her son, Ho Wi-Ryok (Copyright: WFP/Marcus Prior)

Kwan Un-Sin's two-month-old child, Ho Wi-Ryok, is healthy and well. Un-Sin, who lives in Jangpung in South Hwanghae province, received specialised food support from WFP during her pregnancy – blends of both corn and milk and rice and milk produced in factories in DPRK. 

Her husband is frequently away from home, working as a miner, and Un-Sin says WFP has been very helpful in covering food shortages, and she understands its nutritional value has been important to keeping herself and Wi-Ryok healthy.  

In a country where one-third of all mothers are malnourished, the kind of nutritious food provided by WFP can make the difference between her child growing up healthy or not, so crucial is proper nutrition in the first 1000 days of human development – from the womb to two years of age.

Un-Sin has been concerned by the recent lowering of her cereal ration from the Public Distribution System and has been relying mainly on vegetables in her daily diet, mixing them carefully with the cereals she has to eke supplies out for as long as possible. She and her mother-in-law are also gathering wild vegetables from the nearby hills to supplement their diet.

Before marrying, Un-Sin was a maintenance worker in the county hall, and says that when Wi-Ryok is older, she says she hopes to find another job through the county labour committee.

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About the author

Marcus Prior

Deputy Head of Programme

Marcus, a former journalist, has worked in WFP Communications for 10 years in Africa and Asia. Deputy Head of Programme in Afghanistan, currently deployed in Iraq for a mission.