WFP DPR Korea Country Brief, February 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Feb 2017

Highlights

  • Funding constraints impact WFP’s nutrition assistance in DPRK. To stretch resources, WFP will not distribute fortified blended food to 190,000 children in kindergartens in March, while reduced rations will continue to be provided to nursery children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. WFP will provide full rations of fortified blended food during the months June-August, to mitigate the impact of the lean season. During the lean season people have less access to food.

  • The monthly Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in January to February 2017 was an average of 400 grams/per person/day (69 percent of daily calorie requirements).

Operational Updates

  • WFP reached 680,249 people with 1,504 mt of food in February, including through nutrition support and flood recovery support in North Hamgyong province.

  • Funding gap impacts WFP’s nutrition assistance in DPRK. To stretch resources, WFP will not distribute fortified blended food to 190,000 children in kindergartens in March, and reduced rations will continue to be provided to nursery children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Women and nursery children receive only two thirds of the standard ration of fortified cereals and biscuits – the minimum to have a nutrition impact.

  • Nutrition assistance, as part of WFP’s flood recovery support, reached 30,818 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in February. Nutrition assistance in the flood-affected areas will continue until the end of March this year with a 100 percent food ration.