UNDP to allocate US$2 mln for N. Korea projects: report

SEOUL, May 1 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations development agency plans to allocate US$2 million for projects to help ease energy and food shortages in North Korea, a U.S. radio report said Thursday.

The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) said the projects are designed to expand the use of renewable energy in the North along with coal and other conventional sources of energy, the Washington-based Voice of America (VOA) said.

The projects also called for efforts to improve seed production and maintenance of farm machinery to reduce crop losses after harvest, the VOA said, citing Shabnam Mallick, deputy resident representative of the UNDP in Pyongyang.

The U.N. website on North Korea said UNDP's portfolio includes activities that focus on reduction of post harvest losses through improved handling of grains and related measures, and improvement of quality seed multiplication to help ensure food security in the North.

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