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Four out of 10 N. Koreans exposed to food insecurity: U.N. report

2017/05/16 14:43

SEOUL, May 16 (Yonhap) -- About 10 million, or four out of 10 North Korean people, have been classified as food insecure by U.N. agencies, the seventh-largest among nations worldwide, a U.S. broadcaster said Tuesday.

According to the 2017 Global Report on Food Crisis recently released jointly by the FAO and WFP, 4.4 million, or 17 percent of the total 25.3 million people in the North, are in IPC Phase 3 or worse situations, Radio Free Asia said.

IPC stands for the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, a set of standards to classify the severity and magnitude of food insecurity. IPC has five levels, with Phase 5 being the most serious condition like famine or catastrophe.

The number of Phase-2 North Koreans was also calculated at 5.6 million, or 22 percent of the total population, the broadcaster said.

The North's food insecurity figure is the world's seventh-largest, following Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC, the Central African Republic and Burundi, the broadcaster said.

The North is also the sole East Asian country with food insecurity, it said.

The 2017 U.N. report was drawn up based on information obtained from globally accepted sources from January to December last year.

In a March report, the FAO said the North is expected to suffer a food shortage of 500,000 tons this year.

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