People in North Korea expected to have "borderline" food consumption

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Cultivating a field in North Korea. Photo: FAO

People in North Korea are expected to have "poor or borderline" food consumption this year following a fall in the production of a number of crops.

That's the assessment of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has said production is at its lowest level in five years.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

Overall food production is the lowest it has been in the country, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, since 2010.

The decrease is mainly due to poor rains and low availability of water for irrigation. 

Here's Cristina Coslet from FAO.

“Total production of cereals, potatoes, and soy beans in North Korea in 2015 decreased by nine per cent compared with the previous year's level, representing the smallest crop since 2010. As a result, the food security situation in the country is expected to worsen.”

FAO estimates that North Korea will have to import almost 700,000 tonnes of cereal in 2016 with less than half of that amount expected to be covered by government imports.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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