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A North Korean farmer inspects a ruined corn cob. Photo: Kim Hartzner
This summer’s heatwave in North Korea has dried out the maize harvest and made the undernourished population even more dependent on outside help, the managing director of Mission East concludes after visiting the country. Mission East secures the water supply and makes agriculture more efficient. A new, serious food crisis is looming in North Korea. This summer’s heatwave brought temperatures of up to 40 degrees for a whole month and dried out the country’s maize fields. The harvest is expected to be reduced by 30 per cent. “I have seen miles and miles of dried-out maize fields. I have seen...
 

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North Korea is a country of approximately 24 million people who have struggled since the early 1990s from the consequences of a dramatic economic downturn and a series of natural disasters which devastated agricultural production.

This ultimately led to widespread famine which took the lives of approximately one million people. During this period, the country saw a 50% fall in per capita income, a decline in life expectancy and increased infant mortality rates.

Although there have been some small advancements, the country has yet to recover from this setback, and has since then periodically been reliant on external humanitarian assistance, particularly in the form of food aid.

Mission East acts to help the most vulnerable

Mission East began its work in North Korea in 2011 in response to a series of dramatic weather incidents which damaged the previous harvest and led to cuts in government food rations for the population to only one-third of the daily energy requirements.

Read more about the food shortages in North Korea here

A North Korean farmer inspects a ruined corn cob. Photo: Kim Hartzner

This summer’s heatwave in North Korea has dried out the maize harvest and made the undernourished population even more dependent on outside help, the managing director of Mission East concludes after visiting the country. Mission East secures the water supply and makes agriculture more efficient.

350 school children from Taegok Ri village have received new latrines and been taught about hygiene. This minimises the risk of diarrhea. Photo: Mission East

Mission East is helping North Korean families protect themselves against contagious diseases and produce more food – for the benefit of themselves and their environment.

By Line Højland, Communications Officer, Oktober 2017

Mrs Kim Kyong Ok in front of her temporary shelter in Musan County where she is living with her daughter and son-in-law. In her village, 200 families lost their homes, 14 people died, and many more are missing.

Heavy floods in North Hamyong province have made thousands of people homeless. Mission East is one of the few international aid organisations in the area and provides clean drinking water and hygiene training so that the local population is not infected by dirty river water.

By Svend Løbner, freelance journalist

Kim Juyang Hui lives with her husband and their son in one of the houses that were built after the typhoon in 2012 with help from Mission East. Now the family has also clean water available.

When there is a half hour walk to fetch clean water, you often compromise with proper hygiene. Juyang Hui from North Korea had to walk half an hour twice a day to reach the nearest well and fetch water for her family. The 34-year-old woman lives with her husband and eight-year-old son in the village of Sony outside Kujang.