North Korea appears to once again be on the brink of starvation, with flooding and outbreaks of disease in livestock worsening the already acute food shortage.
Here is a factfile on the food crisis:
3.5 million people categorised as most at risk of malnutrition and starvation in North Korea, which has a total population of 24 million.
$18 million per month required by the United Nations World Food Programme to feed the most vulnerable.
305,000 tons of grain required as immediate humanitarian food assistance 10,000 head of cattle, pig and oxen infected with foot-and-mouth disease earlier this year.
1,400 is the amount of calories per day set by the government per person until early 2011.
700 is the official amount allocated per person today. The average intake per person in Europe is between 2,000 and 2,500 calories per day.
2,250 North Korean Won (£0.55) for 1 kg (2.2lbs) of domestic rice in Hyesan City in June.
1,750 North Korean Won (£0.43) for 1 kg (2.2lbs) of old Chinese rice.
3.5 million, the highest estimate of the number who died in the famine in the mid-1990s in North Korea.