India to provide food assistance to North Korea

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 18:18

New Delhi: Continuing its humanitarian
assistance to North Korea which is experiencing food shortage
for some time, India will provide urgent food aid of USD one
million to that country.

In response to the request by North Korea, India has
decided to provide urgent humanitarian food assistance to the
people of that country.

"The assistance comprising pulses worth USD 1 million
will be disbursed through the United Nation’s World Food
Programme," the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The letter of pledge for such assistance was handed over
By Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed to DPRK
Envoy here Rim Hoe Song today.

The DPRK continues to face regular, significant food
shortages. The Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission
report (CFSAM) report released in November 2010 indicates that
a significant gap in cereal production continues following the
recent harvest.

The Mission recommended that 305,000 tons should be
provided as international food assistance to about five
million of the most vulnerable people, including young
children, their mothers, the elderly, and poor people in
regions with high malnutrition.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 18:18

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