Humanitarian access remains extremely limited in DPRK, and very little information is available on the humanitarian situation. 18 million people, or 70% of the population, relies on the government's Public Distribution System (PDS) for their staple foods. In 2017, the PDS provided 400g of barley, maize, rice, or wheat per person per day, which is insufficiently diverse for healthy development and provides, even with the highest estimate, a caloric intake that is below basic nourishment requirements. ?? DPRK is disaster-prone, regularly experiencing intense rain, floods, and droughts.

INFORM measures DPRK's risk index as 5.6/10. The country also has poor coping capacity, with an estimated lack of coping capacity index of 6.9/10.  ?

Latest Developments

No recent significant humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team. Last checked 05/04. 

Key figures

  • 18,000,000 People dependent on Government rations  [?]
  • 1,700,000 Children at risk of deadly childhood diseases  [?]

Key priorities

Access: Humanitarian access is extremely limited in DPRK, where agencies cannot access communities or conduct assessments freely. Sanctions have severely hampered aid delivery to the country.

Food: An estimated 18 million people are reliant on the government's Public Distribution System, in which 400 grams per person per day of staple foods are provided. 10.5 million people are estimated to be undernourished, or have an insufficient daily calorie intake.

Health: 15.4 million people do not have adequate access to health services.

Key documents

DPR Korea Needs and Priorities March 2017