North Korea cuts rations to just 300g per dayChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 4, 2019
North Korea has cut food rations to 300g a day, a record low for this time of year, and further cuts are likely after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said.
Asia The UN carried out a food assessment at the request of North Korea from March 29
The assessment "... has found that following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, 10.1 million people suffer from severe food insecurity, meaning they do not have enough food till the next harvest", World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Herve Verhoosel said.
The survey found North Korean protein intake to be very low, with some families consuming protein only a few times a year.
WFP and the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation, which jointly carried out the survey, are among the few aid agencies with access to North Korea, which suffered a famine in the mid-1990s that killed as many as three million people.
Agricultural output of 4.9 million tonnes, the lowest since 2008-2009, had led to a food deficit of 1.36 million tonnes in the 2018-2019 marketing year, the report said. ■