WFP DPR Korea Country Brief, October 2018
1,083 mt of food distributed
US$ .98 m 2018 net funding requirements
475,760 people assisted in October 2018
WFP distributed 1,083 mt of fortified food to 475,760 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under-five in nine provinces.
WFP organized a study tour for the representatives of the National Coordinating Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives from the Central Bureau of Statistics in DPR Korea to Lao PDR in October. The objective of this visit was to have a first-hand experience of WFP’s programme implementation process following a Country Strategic Plan. The delegation had several meetings with WFP’s National Counterparts in Laos and visited WFP’s programme activities in the field.
The delegation also met WFP’s team in the Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok and discussed WFP’s upcoming Interim Country Strategic Plan (2019-2021) in DPR Korea and way forward.
Six autumn disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects started in October. Project activities include, tree planting, riverbed excavation, rehabilitation of embankments and agro-forestry and terracing of mountains. WFP is preparing for mid-term assessment of these projects in November.
Sustainable DRR projects are vital to improve resilience and food security situation in DPR Korea as the country is prone to natural disaster and climatic shocks.
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) confirmed a USD 2.7 million contribution to WFP for nutrition assistance. With CERF funding, WFP will provide nutrition support to pregnant and breastfeeding women and under-five children prioritizing the first 1000 days of life.
As part of a task force, WFP is working with UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and DPR Korea Ministry of Health to update Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) guidelines for DPR Korea.