Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 20 June 2012
Emergency Food Assistance for Vulnerable Groups

The operation was launched on 1 April 2011 in response to an appeal for humanitarian food assistance by the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) following a harsh winter, heavy rains during the main harvest in 2010 and high post-harvest losses. Implementation was guided by a Letter of Understanding between the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government, which enabled WFP officials to visit beneficiary households, institutions and markets across the country to an unprecedented extent, and by a rapid food-security assessment (RFSA) carried out in March 2011 by WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The operation was initially aimed to support 3.5 million beneficiaries in 1171 counties with 310,500 metric tons of food over 12 months. It was later extended to 30 June 2012 at the request of the Government. The objectives were, to provide nutritional support to chronically undernourished children, women and vulnerable groups with a view to stabilizing and reducing acute malnutrition, and to help the Government to reduce hunger and under-nutrition by supporting production of fortified foods in DPRK. The operation provided fortified biscuits and Super Cereal enriched with vitamins and minerals to address protein and nutrient deficiencies among children and women resulting from food shortages caused by drought and poor harvests. These shortages mean that many people in DPRK are chronically hungry, which in turn impedes their physical and intellectual development. For many young children and mothers, WFP food is one of the main sources of protein and micronutrients. 

In the photo: Children during lessons in the Jaeryong Primary Boarding School, South Hwanghae province. The boarding school is supported by WFP that provides the food needed for the daily school mea