ACT Alert Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea - No 1/2000: WFP Cereal Dearth Threatens

Geneva, 19 January 2000
The current state of the World Food Program (WFP) pipeline in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) is giving cause for concern. Current projections indicate that cereal stocks will have run out by the end of April, i.e. around the time of the lean season in the DPRK. There is inevitably concern that support for the most vulnerable beneficiary groups will then no longer be possible.

At the moment, this is essentially a cereal problem as oil will be sufficient until August and pulses until September. The reason for this impending shortage is that the necessary pledges that would have prevented this cereal gap from opening up have not been forthcoming. In real terms it means that nurseries, kindergartens, pregnant and nursing women, orphanages, hospitals, the elderly, primary and secondary schools will not receive any cereal distributions once the pipeline has dried up.

Any assistance offered to provide cereals during this period would be invaluable.

Thank you for your attention.