DPRK: FAO & WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission To Start

On October 3, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and WFP will commence this year’s  Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

International experts from FAO and WFP will visit DPRK from 3-17 October to assess the current status of the major crop and livestock systems, in order to prepare an estimate of overall food production. The mission will also assess the capacity of the country to source food  to cover any potential food production deficit. It is also expected that the mission will assess to what extent heavy rainfall and flooding during  July and August impacted overall food production.

The mission teams are composed of both international experts travelling into DPRK as well as international staff already deployed in the country.  Four teams will travel extensively in 29 counties in nine provinces. A full Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission Report is expected in November.  

Every year, FAO and WFP conducts Crop and Food Security  Assessment Missions in food-insecure countries around the world. The primary purpose of the CFSAM are to provide information about food security problems in a country/region so that Governments, the international community and others, can launch actions  to minimize negative effects of food insecurity.