North Korean food imports down again in August
Despite long-running drought, overall food situation appears similar to previous years
North Korea’s spending on imports of cereals decreased again in August, after recovering slightly the previous month, data from Chinese government figures show.
Cereals – which include rice imports – decreased along with nearly every other food as classified by trade groups, and continued a downward trend that contrasts with larger imports in 2014.
The low imports come despite a prolonged drought, much publicized in North Korean media which may have effected summer harvests.
“There can be no disagreement that North Korea’s food production level is severely low compared to other countries … Their agriculture
- 01North Korea in February 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead
- 02Timeline: From North Korean threats against South to soccer defeat to Japan
- 03State media review: Drought forecast raises risks to North Korean food security
- 04Russian ship rejoins North Korea weapons trade, only for operation to go on hold
- 05Russia obscures North Korea arms trade by moving operation out of military port
- 06How great power competition is shaping North Korea’s grand strategy
- 07Why talks on North Korea’s nuclear program still can’t get off the ground
- 08North Korea hints beach resort twice as long as Waikiki may finally open soon