Food Security and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Assssment and Pilot in North Korea
The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) suffered a severe food shortage in 2011, since then Mission East has carried out a number of assistance projects focused on emergency relief, food security and WASH. Despite considerable improvements over the last years, DPRK remains dependent on a high level of food imports and most households struggle to access sufficient food to meet their nutritional requirements. This has left large parts of the population undernourished and highly vulnerable to further shocks or short-term interruptions in the food supply chain.
The overarching aim of the project is to improve lives of rural communities in North Korea in terms of nutrition and health through an intervention in food security and water, sanitation, and hygiene; scalable to a larger future intervention.
Based upon the needs assessments conducted by two experts, one in food security and one in WASH, the project pilot intervention focuses on the reduction of vulnerability to malnutrition and disease for rural communities. This is done through interlinked improvements to food security and WASH. The food security component centres on diversifying and increasing food production and nutrition for children and pregnant and lactating women. The WASH component centres upon reducing the prevalence of water-borne diseases and excreta-related diseases.