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17 May 2019 description

In Numbers

US$ 19.9 million May – October Net Funding Requirements

982 mt of food distributed in April 2019

448,790 people assisted in April 2019

Operational Updates

14 May 2019 description


  • 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

14 May 2019 description
  1. 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.

  2. 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.”

13 May 2019 description

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.

07 May 2019 description

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.

03 May 2019 description

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.