North Korea

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th February 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospect of a large-scale famine in North Korea; and whether they have contingency plans in place for such an occurrence.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

While North Korea still faces food shortages with around 2.8 million people remaining vulnerable to under-nutrition, a World Food Programme food security assessment in September/October last year indicated that food production had increased, and a UNICEF nutrition survey undertaken in 10 provinces in September/October indicated that levels of acute malnutrition had slightly declined. While obtaining reliable data for North Korea is particularly difficult, the current information that we have does not suggest that a widespread famine is on the immediate horizon.

DfID is in contact with agencies working in North Korea and continues to monitor the situation closely. DfID maintains a range of options with which to respond to crises around the world working with trusted partners as appropriate.

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