Yonap South Korea has special plan to monitor North Korean the poorest of poor person and deliver the aid and assistance through WFP and UNICEF.
The humanitarian assistance South Korea promised to provide to the North via the World Food Programme (WFP) will be used for the most vulnerable populations in the impoverished country, including women and children, the agency’s Seoul bureau chief said Thursday.
Lim Hyong-Joon made the remarks during a seminar in Seoul, adding that around 50 monitoring staff members are stationed in the North to check food situations in the country.
South Korea pledged to donate US$8 million to the U.N. Children’s Fund and the WFP to support their projects in the North, with $4.5 million of the total set to be spent via the WFP.
“We do close monitoring about 100 to 150 times a month .and the conditions for such work is continuing to improve,” Lim said. “There have been a lot of natural disasters (in North Korea) recently, including floods, resulting in a sharp drop in the food output.”
In April, the WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a joint report based on their field inspection that North Korea’s crop output last year hit the lowest level since 2008, with an estimated 10 million people, or 40 percent of its population, in urgent need of food.
Lim said about 6.5 percent of the total fund is usually spent for extra expenses, such as for logistics, storing and monitoring.
“The remaining 93.5 percent goes to the recipients,” he said, stressing that the proportion of such extra cost at the WFP is lower than other international organizations, where the comparable figure stands at 8 to 10 percent.
Lim said the assistance to the North will be provided in the form of biscuits or cereals.