October 18, 2018 12:24
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday warned that rural poverty has reached alarming proportions in North Korea as the gap between city and country widens.
According to the FAO's 2018 white paper, 15.6 million North Koreans now live in urban areas, accounting for 62 percent of the entire population of 25 million. That is a relatively slow increase from 58 percent in 1990.
But young North Koreans are migrating to the cities, and the youth population per 1,000 ha of farmland dropped 11 percent from 974 in 1995 to 860 in 2015.
The wealth gap between country and city is widening. One in every four rural children is undernourished and underweight and the North has the most serious poverty issue in East Asia, the FAO said.
The proportion of underweight children in rural areas is 27 percent but only 13 percent in the cities.
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