North Korea: Food Shortages

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total value of development and food aid to North Korea; and what assessment they have made of the possibility of allowing new British non-governmental organisations to work in that country.

Photo of Baroness Crawley Baroness Crawley Labour

We have no development programme in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. We provided food aid of £700,000 in 2007 in response to a United Nations flood appeal. This supported programmes by the World Food Programme and Save the Children UK. Most NGOs are put off working in the DPRK by the operating difficulties and restrictions on their work. We are always willing to advise, and to facilitate where possible, if an organisation is keen to set up in the DPRK.

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