The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believe that North Korea’s will be able to secure 300,000 tons more rice this year than last year, according to Radio Free Asia.
FAO’s North Korea rice forecast this year is for 2,000,000 tons; 1,600,000 tons harvested last fall plus 300,000 tons to be imported and 100,000 tons of external aid.
FAO also estimates that the rice consumption per capita in North Korea this summer is likely to be 72.3kg, 8.3kg more than last fall’s 64kg.
Meanwhile, Voices of America (VOA) reported today that the World Food Programme is planning a ‘nutritional support program for women and children’ starting this year July and running until March of next year.
Nana Skau the WFP’s North Korea spokesperson revealed that the organization aims to support 2.1 million pregnant women, nursing mothers and children in 82 counties.
However, she also said that financial difficulties are liable to get in the way of North Korea planning. Last year, WFP provided just 83,000 tons of food to North Korea, only 1/4th of the original plan, for similar reasons.