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Assessing Agricultural Conditions in North Korea: A Satellite Imagery Case Study

Assessing Agricultural Conditions in North Korea: A Satellite Imagery Case Study

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) continues to experience seasonal climate variations, drought conditions that greatly put its food production and supply at risk. Over the past several years, though food production remains generally higher compared to production output in the early 2000s, dry-weather patterns have [...]

Worst Drought Ever – A Cautionary Note

Worst Drought Ever – A Cautionary Note

On June 16, KCNA announced that North Korea was experiencing the “worst drought in 100 years,” and the story was quickly picked up by the international news. Abnormal weather in the DPRK is always of concern, given the very fragile nature of the agricultural recovery that has been progressing for the last several years. Farm production in the [...]

Game-Changing Agricultural Policies for North Korea?

Game-Changing Agricultural Policies for North Korea?

While there has been periodic speculation since Kim Jong Un took power about his appetite for reform, a recent development may foretell substantial changes for North Korea’s agricultural sector. On February 6-7, 2014, North Korea held its first national conference of farm sub-work team leaders in Pyongyang. The conference was reported by KCNA [...]

Agricultural Reform Again—or Not?

Agricultural Reform Again—or Not?

Beginning in early July, a variety of sources have reported possible changes in DPRK farm policy, especially with regard to the organization of work teams and the share of produce which farms can retain. Information is rather spotty and inconsistent so far, and even if the government has decided to implement policy changes on a large scale, it is [...]

Why North Korea Could Feed Itself

Why North Korea Could Feed Itself

In the early 1990s, agricultural production in North Korea began a precipitous decline that ultimately resulted in a famine from which perhaps 5 percent of the population died. Since the worst years of 1996 and 1997, food production has recovered somewhat, and international aid has helped avert the worst consequences. Yet farm production in the [...]

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