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GIEWS Update - The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Food Supply and Demand Outlook in 2017/18 (November/October)

This report assesses the food supply and demand situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the 2017/18 marketing year (November/October). It presents the 2017/18 aggregate crop production, which includes the 2017 main season, completed by October 2017, and the 2017/18 minor early season crops (wheat, barley and potatoes) currently being harvested.


  • Aggregate crop production in 2017/18 is forecast at 5.5 million tonnes, 5 percent below the 2016/17 level.
  • Production prospects for the 2017/18 early season crops are favourable, partially compensating the reduced main season output gathered in October 2017 that was affected by dry weather conditions.
  • The overall cereal deficit for the 2017/18 marketing year (November/October) is forecast at about 652 000 tonnes, well above the previous year’s already high level, reflecting an anticipated reduction in domestic output and imports.
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