The DPRK food situation: Too early to break out the champagne

Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland
Asia Pacific Bulletin
No. 27, February 5, 2009

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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