A U.S.-based private institute says famine in North Korea has gotten worse since 1990.
The International Food Policy Research Institute said in a report that the famine index in North Korea posted 19 this year, unchanged from 2010 and slightly down from 20 in 2001, but higher than a reading of 15-point-seven in 1990.
The index gauges North Koreans’ nutritive conditions and the percentage of underweight children under the age of five and their death rate.
A reading of zero on the index means that no one is starving, while a reading of 30 or above means famine is at a very dangerous level. A reading between ten and 20 means the situation is serious, and the situation is considered dangerous if the index level falls between 20 and 30.
The International Food Policy Research Institute says that North Korea is implementing wrong policies in all sectors, including farming, nutrition and health care, calling the reclusive state a failure in eradicating hunger.