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North Korea's food production falls for first time since 2010

Staff writer ▼ | May 6, 2016
North Korea's total food production is estimated to have fallen in 2015, the first drop since 2010.
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Asia   Global Information and Early Warning System
It is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to FAO.

Last year, total food production in North Korea is estimated to have been about 5.4 million tonnes compared to 5.9 million tonnes in 2014, marking a 9 percent decrease, the update said.

In particular, production of paddy rice, the country's main staple, dropped by 26 percent to 1.9 million tonnes, mainly due to poor rains and low availability of water for irrigation.

FAO's estimate for the country's cereal import requirements for the 2015/16 marketing year (November-October) amounts to 694,000 tonnes.

With 300,000 tonnes expected to be covered by government imports, the uncovered deficit of 394,000 tonnes represents the highest gap since 2011/12, the report said.

The estimates are based on official production figures and analysis by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.