September 29, 2020

Food shortages expected after wettest summer in North Korea for decades: report

GEOGLAM report sounds alarm on upcoming harvest season, using satellite imagery and advanced geographical models

North Korea is expected to see reduced crop yields in the upcoming harvest season after experiencing the worst summer of rains in some parts of the country in nearly 40 years, according to a report released on Sept. 10.

Flooding from severe rains in August, along with the ongoing effects of the country’s closed borders and COVID-19 pandemic, pose "concerns to the state of food insecurity in the country,” a Crop Monitor Special Report by the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) says.