How serious is the food situation in North Korea? The view from the official data
While the DPRK is undoubtedly facing looming shortages, the numbers don't always tell the full story
Update at 1830 KST on 05/23: This article has been amended to clarify some of the data.
Several weeks ago, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) released a concerning report about North Korea’s harvest and the food shortfall they believe the country faces. However, given what is known from other officially-sanctioned DPRK sources about the North Korean food system, the picture appears far more complex than this report indicates.
NK Pro analysis indicates the following:If official statistics are to be believed, per capita food availability is down significantly compared to recent years, the
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