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North Korea facing worst food shortage since 1990s famine: report

By Thomas Maresca


North Korea is undergoing the worst period of food insecurity it has faced since a mass famine devastated the country almost 30 years ago, a report by U.S.-based monitoring website 38 North said.

The report, published Thursday, analyzes data from sources including the U.N.’s World Food Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and independent news outlet Daily NK.

Citing economic mismanagement, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising global food prices, the report concludes that North Korea’s “net grain balance has fallen below minimum human needs.”





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