North Korea faces food shortages; gap estimated to be 860,000 tonnes

By Sakina Raj  | Date: 2022-06-01

North Korea faces food shortages; gap estimated to be 860,000 tonnes

North Korea is reportedly facing an urgent need for food imports as many people suffer from malnutrition and food shortages in the country, with CIA data estimating the food gap to be 860,000 tonnes.

The food gap in the country is equivalent to a food usage of two to three months, with deepening woes in the middle of economic restrictions related to its existing COVID-19 battle.

According to credible reports, a large section of the country’s population suffers from poor dietary diversity and malnutrition due to the economic downturn and low food consumption levels. The economic restraints have increased the food insecurity of the population.

It has been mentioned that if the food gap is not covered adequately through food aid or commercial import, households could witness a severe lean period.

CIA estimates North Korea’s population to be 25.96 million this year, with 3.13 million people, or 12 percent of the overall population, residing in the capital city of Pyongyang.

Although the country has been tackling an unprecedented outbreak, it has reduced restrictions in the capital city owing to media reports claiming that the outbreak is now under control.

North Korea imposed strict border controls against the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. It even executed nationwide lockdowns after admitting a COVID-19 surge this month. With a dearth of testing supplies, North Korea is yet to confirm the total number of people infected with the coronavirus.

Elsewhere, credible reports stated that around 100,710 people in North Korea showed fever symptoms on Sunday. This is the first time that the country’s COVID-19 infections went above 100,000 in three days, bringing the number of reported cases since April to over 3.55 million.

Since the admission of a COVID-19 outbreak on May 12th, North Korea has only been announcing the count of patients with symptoms of fever, but not with coronavirus, owing to a dearth of testing kits.

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Armed with a degree in English Literature, Sakina chose to explore the world of content writing and pursue it as a career. Sakina has been playing with words for over five years now and currently pens down articles relating to diverse domains for BonafideNews and vari...

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