DPR of Korea faces food shortfall over next six months – UN

12 September 2003

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is projected to suffer shortfalls of about 110,000 tons of food for the next six months, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today.

This includes about 90,000 tons of cereals, in addition to blended food, sugar, pulses and oil.

The DPRK has been plagued by food shortages for several years. Following a mid-January mission by his personal envoy, Maurice Strong, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned of an impending humanitarian crisis unless donors responded quickly to the pressing food and medical needs of the most vulnerable there.


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