North Korea

Department for International Development written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of persistent malnutrition on the population of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

A 2012 nutrition survey of mothers and children under 5 conducted by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) authorities (with support from the Word Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the World Health Organisation) showed that average nutrition levels were improved from a 2009 survey, but that in some provinces stunting rates remained above acceptable levels. A joint Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and (WFP) Crop and Food Security Assessment in 2013 estimated an improved aggregate food security situation for the marketing year 2013/14, but noted that the household food security levels and lack of diet diversity continued to pose a threat to the most vulnerable children, elderly, sick and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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