January 25, 2021

North Korea experiencing worst drought since 2001: FAO

Crop production levels down over 30 percent on 2016 numbers

North Korea’s crop production for 2017 has been severely damaged in what the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling the worst drought in the country since 2001, an alert issued by the FAO said on Thursday.

The dry weather conditions between April and June have led to steep reductions in North Korean crop production in key outputs such as rice, maize, potatoes and soybean and is “threatening food security for a large part of its population” the FAO said.