To Give or Not to Give: What's Driving the Current Deliberations on DPRK Food Aid?

In February and March, three U.N. agencies conducted on-the-ground assessments of the food situation in North Korea and reported that more than 6 million North Koreans – about a quarter of the country’s population – are in urgent need of international food aid. This panel examined what factors are driving key countries’ deliberations on whether to provide food aid to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In February and March, three U.N. agencies conducted on-the-ground assessments of the food situation in North Korea. After visiting 40 counties in nine of North Korea’s eleven provinces, the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and UNICEF reported on March 24 that more than 6 million North Koreans – about a quarter of the country’s population – are in urgent need of international food aid. This panel examined what factors are driving key countries’ deliberations on whether to provide food aid to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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