Tag Archives: World Food Programme

Assessing the risk of another food crisis, 1954 and 2014

Things have definitely taken a slight turn away from the worst in North Korea. Despite the political drama that unfolded with the purge of Jang Sung-taek and his associates, the economy appears to be stable, with rice price volatility at … Continue reading

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Still not enough – November 2013 WFP/FAO Food Security Assessment summary

On November 29, 2013, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) published its annual assessment of food security in the DPRK. Visiting North Korea between September 27 and October 11, the Crop and Food … Continue reading

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Food situation overview, December 2013

News outlets are buzzing with reports that Jang Sung-taek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle and a prominent figure during the power transition in 2011-12, has been removed from power. Although not fully verified, some sources are suggesting that Jang was removed due … Continue reading

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Moving towards Slow Recovery?

In May 2012, the UN published an overview of needs and assistance for the DPRK. In the report, the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) …estimated in October 2011 the total cereal import requirement in 2011/12 at 739,000 … Continue reading

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Inflation Update

It’s a new year – but Pyongyang isn’t showing any signs of substantive change. Although public statements from Kim Jong-un call for peace, reports of a possible nuclear weapons test and rocket launches neutralize any possible political changes on the … Continue reading

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International food update

Recent infographic from the World Food Programme showed how the international community is struggling with the inflation of food prices. North Korea is one part of this story – the country is still reeling from the normalization of crude oil price … Continue reading

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