15 Sep '11, 12pm

Six million N. Koreans face food shortages

Six million N. Koreans face food shortages

BANGKOK: North Korea's growing food crisis risks leaving six million people without enough to eat in a country where a third of children under five are already malnourished, UN food agencies said Thursday. Diminished international aid, a bitter winter that hit crops and a drop in the amount of food the isolated country purchased from abroad have left North Korea with chronic shortages, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. "Over six million people are in urgent need of assistance," a statement from the organisation said. Speaking in Bangkok on his return from a visit to the country at the invitation of authorities in Pyongyang, the FAO's Hiroyuki Konuma said there was a food deficit of around a million tonnes. Humanitarian support to North Korea "has decreased tenfold" in the last 10 years, the UN agency said, adding the country "is now one of the world's most ...

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