UN: Despite Good Harvest, North Korea Needs Food Aid

A young North Korean girl eats food provided by the World Food Program. The country is in dire need of food assistance despite a relatively good harvest. Photo by: Gerald Bourke / WFP

North Korea is in dire need of food assistance despite the country’s relatively good fall season harvest, U.N. agencies have said.

The World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization explained that while North Korea’s 2010 harvest is 3 percent higher than the yield in 2009, the country is likely to experience a shortfall in grains, soybeans, rice and other staple crops, The New York Times reports. The newspaper notes that North Korea is often unable to feed itself even after its best harvests.

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