June 09, 2023

Poor harvests loom in North Korea as drought hits crops: UN food program

World Food Programme predicts reduced production of winter and spring crops important for food security

North Korea will likely suffer bad harvests this year due to too little snowmelt and rainfall in recent months, according to a new World Food Programme (WFP) report, raising further concerns about food shortages in the country a year after it confronted a “food crisis.”

“Reduced production of both winter and spring crops” will notably affect the harvest of nearly half of the country’s potatoes, “an important lean season food,” the WFP said in the report released Wednesday.