North Korea: Harvests have been disastrous and part of the population is suffering from famine.
Ten of the 25 million North Koreans are “in a state of heightened food insecurity,” denounces the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday, Reuters quoted them as saying.
According to a definition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food security is “a situation in which all people have sustainable physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and their food preferences, to lead healthy and active lives. “
300 grams of public ration per day
“This new assessment of food security in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has shown that following the worst harvest in ten years, due to droughts, heatwaves and floods, 10.1 million people are suffering. food insecurity, “said Pam’s chief spokesperson, Hervé Verhoosel.
The North Korean authorities have reduced public rations to 300 grams a day, or just over a bowl a day. A large part of the population depends on these food rations.
The country’s agricultural production last year saw its lowest agricultural production since 2008, says South Korean agency Yonhap. This year, it will have to import 1.59 million tonnes of cereals to feed its population.
This year, however, only 200,000 tonnes of commercial imports and 21,200 tonnes of food aid are planned, notes Pam’s report.