The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

North Korea is heading for massive famine


Hard soil, severe sanctions, collapsed trade: North Korea can hardly provide itself with food. Dictator Kim wants to remedy the emergency with a "fundamental transformation" of agriculture.

Enlarge image

Photo: STR/AFP

North Korea is at risk of unprecedented food shortages, according to the regime.

According to the state news agency KCNA, dictator Kim Jong Un has now asked his confidants to initiate a "fundamental transformation" in agricultural production.

Achieving grain production targets this year is a top priority.

The agency report leaves it unclear exactly what measures North Korea intends to use to increase its yield.

The regime in North Korea largely seals off its population.

How bad the supply situation in the country is is hardly apparent from the outside.

At the beginning of February, the South Korean government announced that the food situation in North Korea "appears to have deteriorated".

Even before the corona crisis, around eleven million of them were malnourished.

North Korea had closed its borders because of the corona pandemic - as a result, trade with neighboring China, which is important for the country, has decreased significantly.

In addition, the country is only marginally productive economically and is subject to international sanctions because of its nuclear and missile programs.

Most recently, in the summer of 2021, the leadership in Pyongyang admitted that there was a food crisis.

The food situation was "tight," Kim said at the time.

"Probably dropped below the absolute minimum"

According to observers, collective farms make up the bulk of North Korea's agriculture.

The farms are home to several small farmers, a large yield is hardly possible.

Self-sufficiency in the country is also made difficult by hard soil and poor weather conditions.

Typhoons, floods and massive rainfall make the country's economy difficult.

The US assumes that North Korea could experience a famine as bad as in the 1990s.

The availability of food had “probably fallen below the absolute minimum”.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-02-28

You may like

News/Politics 2023-02-28T07:04:02.014Z
News/Politics 2023-06-01T02:21:28.232Z
News/Politics 2023-04-04T13:43:30.144Z

Trends 24h

News/Politics 2023-06-07T07:32:21.218Z


© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.