In the late 1990s, 2 million people died of hunger in North Korea. And now, once again, millions of North Koreans are going hungry. Households are reducing their food intake and children are becoming malnurished. Already in North Korea, 37 percent of children under 6 have stunted growth and 23 percent are underweight. Food assistance to reach the hungry, especially nutritionally vulnerable groups such as children and women, is urgently needed.
WFP is working to promote the health and nutritional status of the most vulnerable groups, including children and pregnant and lactating women, through its Mother and Child Health, School Feeding and Local Food Production programs.
WFP will expand food distribution to reach up to 6.4 million people from the current 1.2 million. Your contribution will help WFP close the gap of the current shortfall of 1.66 million tons in cereals, the largest deficit in 7 years.