DPR Korea: Drought - Apr 2019Ongoing
DPRK is currently experiencing a challenging food insecurity situation. Unusually little precipitation during the winter and spring so far is posing a serious threat to the spring harvest, at a time when the harvest in 2018 was the worst in a decade. Entering 2019, DPRK has experienced unusually erratic weather conditions with little precipitation, limiting the soil moisture for growth of winter and planting of spring crops as well as replenishment of water reservoirs for irrigation. DPRK is already suffering from a protracted food crisis, making the population vulnerable to any further losses of harvest or food. Food production in 2018 in DPRK was the lowest over the past decade. (IFRC, 29 Apr 2019)
According to Joint Rapid Food Security Assessment, following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, it is estimated that 10.1 million people (40 percent of the population) are food insecure and in urgent need of food assistance. The situation could further deteriorate during the lean season from May to September, if no proper and urgent humanitarian actions are taken. (FAO/WFP, 3 May 2019)
Most read reports
- IFRC: DPRK - Hunger warning after early drought. 13 May 2019
- FAO: Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK) - FAO/WFP Joint Rapid Food Security Assessment. 3 May 2019
- Govt. Rep. Korea: Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets with Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP). 14 May 2019
- WFP: WFP DPR Korea Country Brief, April 2019. 17 May 2019
- FAO: GIEWS Country Brief: Democratic People's Republic of Korea 13-May-2019. 14 May 2019
US$ 19.9 million May – October Net Funding Requirements
982 mt of food distributed in April 2019
448,790 people assisted in April 2019
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Production prospects of 2018/19 early season crops unfavourable
Aggregate crop production in 2018 estimated at ten‑year low due to unfavourable weather conditions and limited supplies of agricultural inputs
Cereal import requirements estimated at elevated level
About 40 percent of population estimated to be food insecure and in urgent need of assistance
Prospects for 2018/19 early season crops unfavourable
Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha met with Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 13.
The two sides took note of the continued expansion of cooperation between the Republic of Korea, a responsible member of the international community, and the WFP, an organization leading the UN’s humanitarian assistance, amid deepening humanitarian crises across the world. They also agreed to continue cooperation to achieve “Zero Hunger.”
Beijing/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 10 May 2019 – Early seasonal drought in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could exacerbate hunger, malnutrition and health problems for thousands of children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, older people and the chronically ill.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
DPRK is currently experiencing a challenging food insecurity situation. Unusually little precipitation during the winter and spring so far is posing a serious threat to the spring harvest, at a time when the harvest in 2018 was the worst in a decade.
After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in DPRK face imminent food shortages
UN report finds worryingly low food consumption, limited dietary diversity and families being forced to cut meals or eat less
PYONGYANG/ROME A United Nations food security assessment in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has found that following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, about 10.1 million people suffer from severe food shortages, meaning they do not have enough food until the next harvest.