The volume of food distributed under the North Korean Public Distribution System in the first half of 2013 increased when compared to 2012, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on the 6th.
According to North Korean submissions to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the North Korean authorities provided 400g/day between January to May and 390g/day in June and July, a monthly average of 397g/day. This is a 14g increase on last year’s average of 383g/day.
According to the statistics, 66% of the total population of North Korea, around 16 million people, received state distribution of basic foodstuffs. Last year, 400g/day was achieved in April, the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth, but not in any other month.
Conversely, WFP reported that international food aid volumes to North Korea decreased in the first half of 2013. WFP began a new food aid operation for the country last month, but has since failed to reach half of its target support volume.
Last month, WFP supplied approximately 2900t of food to around 940,000 people, including more than 40,000 flood victims. This compares with 3400 tons of food to more than 1,310,000 people in the previous month.
Daily NK has reported on public food distribution on a number of occasions in 2013, noting in particular that the North Korean authorities distributed some stocks of rice ordinarily intended for wartime distribution.