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30 Jun 2008 description

Washington, DC - Five aid agencies today announced that they have signed an agreement with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to deliver U.S. government food assistance to North Koreans suffering from severe food shortages. The partnership will distribute 100,000 metric tons of food to more than a half-million needy people over a twelve-month period.

Mercy Corps is leading the program, with World Vision as co-lead, pending final agreement.

30 Jun 2008 description

SEOUL, June 30, 2008 (AFP) - The UN World Food Programme said Monday it will extend its work in North Korea to cover more than five million people after the US resumed food aid shipments.

The WFP said in a statement it had reached agreement with North Korean authorities to expand its feeding programme from the current 1.2 million people, and the US shipments would give it the means to do so.

It said a US-flagged ship arrived Sunday in the western port of Nampo carrying 37,000 tons of wheat, the first instalment of 500,000 tonnes of food promised by Washington to the communist …

30 Jun 2008 description

PYONGYANG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an agreement with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that paves the way for a rapid expansion of its food assistance to more than 5 million hungry people throughout the country.

WFP hailed the agreement as a significant break-through in its long-standing efforts to ensure all those in need of food assistance in the DPRK are able to receive it.

'WFP is grateful for the cooperation and commitment of the DPRK and United States governments,' said Tony Banbury, Asia Regional Director for …

30 Jun 2008 description

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week.

30 Jun 2008 description

FOCUS

All agricultural commodities covered in this report are of critical importance to global food and feed markets. They constitute much of the world's food consumption, generate income to farmers and represent the largest portion of food import expenditures across the world.

27 Jun 2008 description

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week.

25 Jun 2008 description


‘Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.’

[Special Report 4] Increasingly Open and Candid Lectures on Agriculture for the Officials and the Public

25 Jun 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

FOREWORD

In 2007, natural and man-made disasters continued to take a toll on the lives of people.

25 Jun 2008 description

"Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis.

25 Jun 2008 description

"Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week.

25 Jun 2008 description


“Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week. As such, the release dates might shift. Thank you for your understanding and attention to this looming crisis. We at Good Friends hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.”

23 Jun 2008 description

Even Half of transplanting of rice seedling in Wangjaesan Farm Not Yet Finished

Wangjaesan farm in Onsung County, North Hamgyong Province is famous for its good farming not only in the province but also nationwide. Even Kim Il-Sung planned to visit and have a look at the farm during his life. However, the farming is getting worse every year. As of June 3 of this year, they haven't finished even half of transplanting rice seeding. From the time when plowing began, the farmers have been busy irrigating, harrowing, and weeding the banks around rice fields.

23 Jun 2008 description

Seoul (23 June, 2008) -- Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) sent $50,000 worth of building repair materials to the Red Cross General Hospital in Pyongyang on 10 June by a sea route from Inchon harbor, S. Korea to Nampo, N. Korea.

These materials are the last supplies for the modernization of operating room of otolaryngology / head and neck surgical department.

20 Jun 2008 description

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week.

20 Jun 2008 description

'Research Institute for North Korean Society of Good Friends, in order to bring news of the food crisis in North Korea more accurately and quickly, will increase its e-newsletter frequency to more than one issue per week.

20 Jun 2008 description

According to a global survey conducted by a US-based non-governmental organization, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh are among the worst violators of the rights of refugees. The annual World Refugee Survey 2008 was released in Washington on Thursday (June 19) by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).

19 Jun 2008 description
report Chosun Ilbo

The North Korean economy is deteriorating, with the Stalinist country recording negative growth for the second consecutive year while a fall in grain production is expected to intensify a severe food shortage.

The Bank of Korea in its assessment of the North Korean economy in 2007 released Wednesday said actual GDP in the North contracted by 2.3 percent from the previous year. In 2006, the North Korean economy shrank 1.1 percent. The BOK estimates that grain production fell 9.4 percent from a year earlier due to floods and bad weather.

18 Jun 2008 description

SEOUL, June 18, 2008 (AFP) - North Korea's economy shrank 2.3 percent in 2007 from a year earlier, its second straight year of contraction as devastating floods hit harvests, the South Korean central bank said Wednesday.

The Bank of Korea estimated that the communist state's gross domestic product shrank more than twice as much as the 1.1 percent contraction in 2006.

The 2006 contraction was the first in eight years and was due mainly to worsening international relations following its first nuclear test and severe flooding.

"Last year the North Korean …

18 Jun 2008 description
report Government of Italy

Rome, June 18, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 500.000 euros to WFP in response to urgent humanitarian assistance for the population of Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The donation will cover needs identified by WFP under the intervention named 'DPRK PRRO 10488.0 Recovery Assistance for Vulnerable Groups in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea' in food sector.

POC: Alessandro Pirrone- MoFA Rome- Emergency Office on …

18 Jun 2008 description

1. Briefing on the Food Shortage in North Korea 2008 (see attached Full Report in PDF form)

Thorough information on the current food problems and the showing risks leading up to 2008

2.