"Millions of vulnerable North Koreans are at risk of slipping towards precarious hunger levels," said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, United Nations World Food Programme Country Director for DPRK.
Experts visited hundreds of households, child institutions and hospitals across the country and key findings indicate:
-- Food availability, accessibility and utilization have deteriorated sharply since 2007.
-- Close to three quarters of the households have reduced their food intake.
-- More malnourished and ill children are being admitted to hospitals and institutions.
-- Diarrhea caused by increased consumption of wild foods was one of the leading causes of malnutrition amongst children under five.