The North Korean Food Situation: Too Early to Break Out the Champagne


Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 27


Washington D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: February 5, 2009
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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North Korea has suffered chronic hunger problems for two decades. A famine in the 1990s killed up to one million people and shortages have remained endemic. Most observers believe that the recent harvest is the best in years, but even under optimistic scenarios, food-related distress is likely to continue. Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland discuss North Korea's current food situation and the prospects for the future.

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