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GIEWS Update – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Food Supply and Demand Outlook in 2020/21 (November/October)


  • The production of the 2020 main season crops benefitted from expanded planting, which mostly offset yield losses due to floods and storms in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
  • Production prospects for the 2020/21 minor early season winter/spring crops, for harvest in June, are generally favourable.
  • The 2020/21 aggregate food crop production is forecast at a near-average level of 5.6 million tonnes.
  • Cereal import requirements in the 2020/21 marketing year (November/October) are estimated at about 1.1 million tonnes, close to the five-year average.
  • With commercial imports officially planned at 205 000 tonnes, the uncovered food gap is estimated at about 860 000 tonnes, equivalent to approximately 2.3 months of food use.
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