UN: N. Korea food production falls first time since 2010, hunger worsening

April 28, 2016 08:19

Food production in North Korea has fallen for the first time since 2010, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, warning that it expects worsening hunger as the country struggles with poor rainfall.

In 2015, North Korea produced about 5.4 million tonnes of food, including cereals, soybeans and potatoes, down from 5.9 million tonnes it produced in 2014, the FAO said on Wednesday.

According to FAO estimates, the country was facing a shortage of 394,000 tonnes of cereal, the biggest gap since 2011/2012.

"The country's food security situation is expected to deteriorate from the previous year when most households were already estimated to have poor or borderline food consumption levels," FAO said in a statement.

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