Monthly Archives: October 2012

Growing deterioration? Terrible or slightly-improved-but-still-bad news?

A new report published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) highlighted the seriousness of the food crisis in North Korea. The report utilizes the Global Hunger Index (GHI) which assesses a country’s condition through three main factors: 1. … Continue reading

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…and the reforms stalled

According to reports from DailyNK, the North Korean state has decided to put a hold on implementing the reforms until next year. Sources from Hyesan and Shinuiju corroborate each other’s reports. As some analysts have predicted, Pyongyang does not have enough … Continue reading

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Signs of a developmental crisis in North Korea

In August I outlined some of the problems that will obstruct Pyongyang’s economic reform efforts. Based on anecdotes of visitors and the price of rice/exchange rates, it was clear that the DPRK was investing heavily in Pyongyang, creating a significant … Continue reading

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Global Grain Production vs. Direct Global Grain Consumption

While we observe North Korea go through its perpetual cycle of low food acquisition and starvation, it is important to recognize that the global system as a whole has been having circulatory problems in the grain market in the last … Continue reading

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