Published On: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019

North Korea issues international appeal to combat food shortages

The North Korean government, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) issued an international appeal this week for help to combat food shortages after drought and floods led to a poor harvest, worsening the impact of sanctions.


The DPRK is facing a shortfall of 1.4 million tons in food production this year, including crops of rice, wheat, potato and soybean. The UN estimates that 10.3 million people – almost half of North Korea’s population – are in need of food due to a sharp drop in crop production and 40% of people in the country are undernourished.

Since January 2019, the Government of DPRK cut daily rations to 300g per person from 550g.

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