North Korea drought

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40669026

North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says.

Crop production in the country has been hampered by a prolonged dry period and food imports are now urgently required to fill the gap, the UN has warned.

The most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly, will be worst hit.

In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans are believed to have died during a widespread famine.

The latest drought is serious, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday, because bilateral food aid to the country has dramatically fallen in recent years.

This is due in part to sanctions implemented to punish North Korea over its weapons development programme. The UN’s World Food Program (WFP) has also seen a steep drop in contributions, the agency says.

A persistent lack of rainfall in North Korea in recent months has decimated staple crops such as rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, which many of the country’s citizens depend on during the lean season that stretches from May to September.

In key crop-producing areas, rainfall from April to June 2017 was well below the long-term average. This severe dry spell disrupted the early stages of the agricultural process, according to experts from the FAO quoted in the report.

The harvesting of crops from the early season, including wheat, barley and potatoes, has also been affected, the FAO said.

The FAO estimates that the production of 2017 early season crops has plunged by over 30% from the previous year’s level of 450,000 tonnes to 310,000 tonnes.

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“A persistent lack of rainfall in North Korea in recent months has decimated staple crops such as rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, which many of the country’s citizens depend on during the lean season that stretches from May to September.”

weather wars..eh?

“The FAO estimates that the production of 2017 early season crops has plunged by over 30% from the previous year’s level of 450,000 tonnes to 310,000 tonnes.”

401

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~ by seeker401 on July 26, 2017.

8 Responses to “North Korea drought”

  1. Weather wars: North Korea will not surrender to regime change and they own their own bank.

  2. weaponized weather assault. not a war if they cant fight back.

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  4. “weather wars..eh?” I have no doubt, based on scientific research reported, that this is a weapon that has developed by the military. As to whether it has been employed, that is speculative.

  5. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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