October 20, 2020

North Korea may need to import more grains to survive COVID-19 and 2020 storms

Cereal crop production looks favorable for much of the world, but North Korea may still suffer from terrible shortages

After severe floods and three typhoons, North Korea’s staple food situation is looking grim: The country will likely need to increase its food imports, all while dealing with COVID-19-related border closures and a global economic downturn, according to a new U.N. report.

However, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report — which tracks cereal stocks around the world — also stated that the rainy season “has been beneficial for cereal crops” and yields a “favorable production outlook.”