Emergency Food and Nutrition Assistance DPRK 2019

Project completed

The Emergency Food and Nutrition Assistance DPRK 2019 Project responds to an urgent request of the DPR Korea to extend food assistance to its citizens in 2019, following a poor harvest after a nation-wide heat wave and regional floods in 2018. The assistance will be provided through the World Food Programme (WFP) and targets 50,000 children in the three highly affected provinces of the country, South Hwanghae, Ryanggang and Jaggang for a period of 12 months.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency food assistance
Primary health care
18.03.2019 - 31.12.2019
CHF  1’000’000
Background The UN estimates that 41 percent of the population of the DPRK are chronically food insecure. According to official harvest figures, the State farms have registered last year a drop in the cereal harvest of 1.48million tons of grains. This is about half a million ton in excess of the 1million tons deficit recorded in ‘normal’ years. The biggest harvest losses were recorded in the traditional food surplus provinces of the “rice bowl” of the DPRK, in North and South Hwanghae, whereas chronic malnutrition continues to be highest in the Northern Provinces of Jaggang and Ryanggang. The outlook for the early harvest in June looks mix. At any rate, the early harvest accounts for not more than 8 percent of total food output. The UN has prominently included the food shortage into its annual appeal, however, a separate emergency appeal from WFP is currently under preparation and may be expected in late April or early May.
Objectives Strategic Goal 1: Support countries to achieve zero hunger (UN Framework)
Target groups 50,000 children in most affected provinces of South Hwanghae, Ryanggang and Jaggang
Medium-term outcomes Children under 7 are food and nutrition secure

Expected results:  

Output 1: Daily rations of fortified foods provided to 50,000 kindergarten children for one year

Output 2: Monitoring visits to child institutions and local food production factories, county officials

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • World Food Programme

Coordination with other projects and actors Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Welthungerhilfe and Concern International
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’000’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   1’000’000
Project phases

Phase 58 18.03.2019 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)

Phase 46 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 45 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 44 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 43 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 42 05.10.2016 - 25.02.2017   (Completed) Phase 39 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 38 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 37 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 36 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 35 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 33 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 29 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 28 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 26 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)