September 19, 2020

10.1 million North Koreans need “urgent” food aid despite “bumper harvest”: UN

Food assistance estimates for 2020 are same as 2019, despite DPRK claims of improved food supply

10.1 million North Koreans will be in "urgent need of food assistance" in 2020, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for DPRK indicated on Monday, despite Kim Jong Un's claims of a "bumper" harvest in 2019.

The estimate, which matches World Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) figures from May 2019, came with explanation about the challenges facing North Korea's food production sector.