Underfunded food programme endangers North Korean children

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Ertharin Cousin visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (UNifeed video capture)

A lack of funding for a food programme in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is endangering the development of children in the country according to the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

Ertharin Cousin has just ended a visit to the country where she assessed humanitarian needs and the food security situation.

WFP's programme in DPRK is underfunded by 75 per cent.

Ms Cousin said WFP cannot work properly if it doesn't have enough money.

“When we are underfunded it means that we can not provide the nutritional food that is required on a consistent basis to ensure that we can deliver the outcomes that will change this children’s lives and provide the nutritional assistance that is required so that they can grow up healthy with the opportunity to live their lives to their full potential.”

WFP’s work in the DPRK focuses on the nutritional needs of children, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Many people are chronically malnourished due to a diet poor in nutrients, protein and fats.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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