U.N. food agencies say that North Korea's main harvest has improved but warn that malnutrition persists.
The report published Friday by two Rome-based agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program, says harvests are expected to increase by about 8.5 percent compared to last year's.
The U.N. assessment team says hospital staff report a "significant" increase in malnutrition among young children. Diets lacking in protein or nutrient rich foods are blamed.
The report says nearly 3 million people will continue to require food assistance next year. U.N. officials have appealed to wealthy countries to put aside politics to help hungry North Koreans. There have been concerns about whether Pyongyang's authoritarian government diverts food aid.