A new report published by the World Food Program and other UN institutions, detailing food insecurity in the world in 2016 as a whole, says the following about the situation in North Korea: 4.4 million (or 17 percent of the North Korean population as a whole) is in a state of “crisis, emergency, and famine” and 5.6 million (or 22 percent of the population) lives in a “stressed” situation when it comes to food.
This brings the entirety of the North Korea population living in food insecurity to 10 million. North Korea is the only country in all of East Asia with food insecurity, the report says.
It is unclear where the data comes from. According to the report, it could either have come from government sources in North Korean or from the World Food Program; the report itself does not specify.