North Korea’s production of food increased 5% in 2013

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North Korea’s production of food increased 5% in 2013

North Korean food production has increased for a third straight year, but a United Nations report warned Thursday that cases of stunted growth in children due to malnutrition remained high.

A mission by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) visited North Korea’s nine agricultural provinces in late September and early October around the main annual grain harvest.

Total food production is estimated at about 5.03 million tonnes (including milled rice) in 2013, which is about a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

But the food situation remains unsatisfactory with 84 percent of households having borderline or poor food consumption.

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