WFP DPR Korea Weekly Update: 19 - 26 Nov 1999

(there was no update for week 43)
No change in access

Counties accessible: 163
No access: 49
Total counties: 211

Hazel Smith has begun a one month consultancy undertake a gender analysis of WFP DPRK operations.


Following reports from Emergency Officers on high attendance figures at nurseries and kindergartens, WFP reduced distributions to these institutions by 20 percent. The FDRC has provisionally acknowledged the new numbers.

A substantial FFW order for non-food items for the winter projects has been submitted to the Purchase Committee for approval. The order of shovels, hoes, picks, gloves and hammers are valued at over US$300,000. The Committee meets Monday and will forward the order to HQ for approval asap.

Training has begun for Emergency Officers to input data into the new database.


A delegation from the Vatican and CARITAS Hong-Kong visited hospitals and children's institutions and officially handed over 2,100 Mts. of yellow peas that had arrived on the 18th November in Hungnam. The peas and 1,000 Mts. of edible oil from CARITAS, arriving on the same vessel, are being distributed to nurseries, kindergartens and orphanages in the three East Coast Provinces.

=B7A delegation of Japanese NGOs was briefed by FALU staff on the food and relief situation in DPRK. The delegation was particularly concerned about low birth weights of infants and the health status of pregnant and nursing women.


Nothing to report.


The M/V Ever Fortune docked at Nampo with 2,496 Mts. vegetable oil.