March 25, 2023

Drop in North Korean crop output aggravates domestic food shortages: Report

ROK researchers blame floods and drought for shortfall, while expert says estimate doesn’t provide full picture

North Korea produced 180,000 tons less food this year than in 2021, exacerbating chronic food shortages, South Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA) said Thursday.

According to a government report, the decline from around 4.7 million to 4.5 million tons of food comes after floods, drought and other weather conditions stunted the growth of all crops except wheat and barley. Tuber yields suffered the most in relative terms, declining 14% on-year.