- FAO GIEWS update: DPRK; Outlook for Food Supply and Demand in 2015/16 (November/October)
- WFP DPRK Country Brief, Mar 2016
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPR Korea (A/HRC/31/70)
Appeals & Funding
The 2015 aggregate food production is estimated at 5.42 million tonnes, 9 percent less than in 2014, due to poor rains and low availabilities of water for irrigation. This is the first reduction since 2010 and follows a stagnant output in 2014.
Production of paddy rice, the country’s main staple, dropped by 26 percent and output of maize also decreased, but to a lesser extent. By contrast, the output of more drought-resistant minor crops, such as soybeans and other cereals, increased considerably partially compensating for the reduced rice and maize crops.
Food security expected to deteriorate, most households already estimated to have poor or borderline consumption
27 April 2016, Rome - North Korea's total food production - including cereals, soybeans and potatoes in cereal equivalent - is estimated to have fallen in 2015, the first drop since 2010, and is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to a FAO update issued today.
In March, WFP provided food assistance to 604,000 young children and women (59 percent of the planned recipients).
WFP will launch a new operation in July 2016 which is planned for 2.5 years, aiming to reach 1.7 million women and young children with nutrition assistance.
The 2015 Foreign Office Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy shows that human rights remain at the heart of British foreign policy.
The Foreign Office has issued its Annual Human Rights Report for 2015. The report, published on 21 April 2016, illustrates the priority attached to human rights across the FCO network.
The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said:
Background and purpose
The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.
Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. This particular occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.
Part I: Country Strategy
Needs and Priorities: At a glance .........................4
Situation overview .................................................5
Operational capacity .............................................8
Response strategy ................................................9
Strategic objectives ............................................. 11
Response monitoring .......................................... 12
Needs, targets & requirements ........................... 13
Syria: In recent weeks, clashes between Islamic State and other non-government forces over the border area between Turkey and Syria have intensified. IDPs in camps located along the border are at risk: over 35,000 have fled the area since 14 April and are in need of protection. Additional displacement is likely.
Iraq: The humanitarian situation in besieged Fallujah continues to deteriorate. Supply lines have been cut off since December, when government forces surrounded the city. Islamic State is reportedly preventing people from leaving. Prices of basic food stuffs are 500% above December prices for the third consecutive month. Acute shortages of food, medicine and fuel, as well as cases of starvation and suicide, have been reported.
Rationale and objectives of the meeting
In the East Asia and the Pacific Region (EAPR), despite economic growth and achievements in health and nutrition indicators, maternal and child undernutrition rates and burden remain extremely high. The annual estimated number of cases of severe wasting in EAPR countries is over six million, but the indirect coverage of the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is less than 2%. Prevention and management of acute malnutrition is therefore a large unfinished agenda in this region.
THE UN VOLUNTARY FUND FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE
Individuals – women, men and children – are at the heart of the work of this unique United Nations Trust Fund. It was established by the General Assembly in 1981 when the world was faced with the plight of thousands of victims of torture from Chile and Argentina, and today provides direct assistance to over 50,000 victims of torture and their families in all regions of the world yearly. This can be in the form of psychological, medical, legal, social or financial aid.
Snapshot 31 March–5 April 2016
Syria: The most serious violation of the cessation of hostilities occurred on 2 April around Aleppo, when fighting broke out between government forces and non-government forces. In addition, eight of 18 besieged areas were not reached by humanitarian assistance in February and March, including around 250,000 people in Darayya and Eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus.
The month saw violent extremist movements, including the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked groups, carry out major deadly attacks in Turkey, Pakistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Belgium. In Libya, the arrival of Prime Minister Serraj in Tripoli despite warnings from multiple factions could lead to further destabilisation. Meanwhile in Central Africa, political violence rose in Burundi and could break out in Chad around the 10 April presidential election.
Snapshot 23–30 March 2016
South Sudan: Between 20,000 and 50,000 people are now reported to have been displaced in Wau county, Western Bahr el Ghazal, since fighting escalated in February. Houses have been looted and burned and there are reports of killings and rape in the area around Wau town. At least 8,000 people are sheltering in public buildings or with host communities in Mboro town: food, water and shelter are priority needs.
Adopts 22 Texts, Renews Mandates on Countering Terrorism, Freedom of Religion, Syria, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Iran
Snapshot 16 – 22 March
Somalia: On 15 March Al Shabaab moved into Puntland and seized control of Garad, a port town. In the following days Al Shabaab captured another coastal town in Nugaal region and attacked a security checkpoint near Bosaso. Most of the residents are reported to have fled the area. Al Shabaab has previously been active in Puntland, but generally around its base of the Galgala Mountains, west of Bosaso, and it has not attempted to take territory.