Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Why DPRK? Chronic food insecurity and childhood malnutrition are widespread in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Over 10 million people are undernourished – its hunger problem classified as ‘serious' in the 2018 Global Hunger Index. Increased frequency of droughts and floods have also left the country vulnerable.

A vulnerable nation

Our work in DPRK mainly focuses on improving food security and nutrition, water and sanitation, responding to emergencies, and building resilience.

DPRK has remained extremely vulnerable to frequent disasters and the impact of climate change. In August 2018, over 600mm of rainfall was recorded in 12 hours, which resulted in flooding and landslides, leaving 76 people dead.

Separately, around 20% of the population face gaps in the water supply, with a noted lack of resources to replace dilapidated facilities.

We are proud of Concern’s strong presence in DPRK, addressing the most complex and protracted humanitarian crisis in the present day scenario.

Concern Worldwide Regional Director Bríd Kennedy. Photo: Concern Worldwide
"People are stunted here because they don’t get enough nutrition as children. The physical work that they do every day is enormous."
Bríd Kennedy, Concern Worldwide

Latest achievements

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WASH support

We delivered water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support and winterisation kits to 4,700 vulnerable women and children.

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Farm sustainability

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Water pipeline

Conservation Agriculture at work in DPRK. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Conservation Agriculture at work in DPRK. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Farmers taking part in field training in Kangwon Province. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Farmers taking part in field training in Kangwon Province. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

How we’re helping DPRK

Our work in DPRK focuses on improving food security and nutrition, water and sanitation, responding to emergencies and building resilience.

Group 19Conservation agriculture
Group 19Feminine health
Group 19Water supply

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