A recent report suggests that North Korea has been excluded from the UN’s global humanitarian aid plan for 2022, due to the country’s long-term border closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Yonhap reports. According to the Global Humanitarian Overview 2022 of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), Afghanistan, DPR Korea and Myanmar face acute food insecurity conditions, which are expected to deteriorate further in the future. ‘by the end of the year.
North Korea has been excluded from the UN humanitarian aid plan for the second year in a row, according to Yonhap and the main reason North Korea maintains a strict border lockdown to keep the coronavirus away. Staff from foreign organizations required for on-site monitoring and evaluation are invited to leave the country.
North Korea among 44 countries in need of food aid
According to Yonhap, the report says that persistent economic constraints, exacerbated by restrictive measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, have dramatically reduced imports, including essential agricultural inputs and humanitarian goods, increasing the vulnerability of the population to food insecurity. North Korea was one of 44 countries in need of food aid, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations December assessment of global crop forecast and food situation , and a significant portion of its population is expected to be food insecure. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 60% of North Korea’s 25 million people are food insecure.
North Korea has closed its borders almost completely in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, trade with China, which is the country’s largest trading partner, has fallen by at least 80%, according to the Spectator. Inflation in Pyongyang is said to be sky-high, with commodity costs skyrocketing. The economic situation is deteriorating in the country.
North Korea’s supply chains threatened by COVID import restrictions
North Korea’s supply chains have been threatened by COVID-related import restrictions, which were made worse by heavy rains that damaged rice paddies last August, according to Spectator. The government’s decision to withhold food supplies from other countries for fear of being infected with COVID continues to sound alarm bells and whistles.