World Food Programme

Resident Representative: Ms. Darlene Tymo
Deputy Resident Representative: Mr. Sven Thelin

dprk wfp koreaA young mother, who receives WFP’s fortified blended foods, and her five months old daughter in their home in South P'yŏngan province. WFP/Colin Kampschoer

WFP in DPRK

In support of the Government’s efforts to reduce hunger, WFP provides nutrition assistance to children and women, and implements Food for Disaster Risk Reduction (FDRR) activities. WFP has been present in DPRK since 1995.

WFP’s current Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO 200907), is planned for 2.5 years - from July 2016 to December 2018 - with a budget of US$ 126 million, aiming to reach approximately 680,000 people each month in 60 counties in nine provinces.

Nutrition Assistance

More than 70 percent of the population in DPRK are food insecure, with many people suffering from chronic malnutrition due to a poor diet lacking in essential proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. This is particularly problematic for young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, since good nutrition is crucial during the first 1,000 days of life.

In order to reduce and stabilize acute and chronic malnutrition WFP provides highly specialized and nutritious food to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children. Pregnant women and nursing mothers receive a mixed cereal that is fortified with protein, minerals and vitamins. This fortified cereal can be made into pancakes or porridge, or used as an ingredient in many other types of food. In addition, fortified biscuits are provided to children in nurseries, orphanages, paediatric hospitals and kindergartens.

Local fortified food production

Local production of fortified food has been central to WFP’s work since 1998. Up to ten factories are  producing fortified biscuits and fortified blended foods – a mix of maize or wheat, soybeans, vegetable oil, dried milk, sugar and a premix of vitamins and minerals – which aim to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

Food for Disaster Risk Reduction (FDRR)

Through Food for Disaster Risk Reduction (FDRR) activities, WFP focusses on mitigating the impact of natural disasters on local communities. FDRR is implemented in the spring and autumn in food-insecure counties which are prone to natural disasters, such as drought and floods. As compensation for work activities, participants receive a food ration of cereals, pulses and oil to address the lack of protein and fat in the family diet.