Monthly Archives: October 2013

Summary: Kuark’s North Korea’s Agricultural Development during the Post-War Period

Summary of Yoon T. Kuark. “North Korea’s Agricultural Development during the Post-War Period.” The China Quarterly, No. 14 (Apr. – Jun., 1963), pp. 82-93. The 1963 paper by Kuark presents an interesting and valuable survey of the North Korean state’s … Continue reading

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Premonitions of a Disaster

Sino-NK carried a piece today titled “Premonitions of a Disaster: Seeds of the Ecological Collapse and the Germination of Plans for Intensive Industrial Agriculture, 1954-1957” researched and written by your very own DPRK Food Policy Blog editor. We have summarized … Continue reading

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Andrei Lankov on Land Reform – Is Pyongyang afraid of the farmers?

Famed historian and giant in the North Korea-watchers’ community Andrei Lankov recently published a commentary on Radio Free Asia titled “North Korea Makes Mistake by Not Emulating China-Style Land Reform.” He utilized China’s gradual privatization of land after the Great … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Relative Scarcity in Agricultural Innovation: Summary of the Hayami-Ruttan Thesis

Summary of: Yujiro Hayami and Vernon W. Ruttan, “Induced innovation in agricultural development.” Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Center for Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 3, May 1971; and Vernon W. Ruttan and Yujiro Hayami, “Toward a theory of induced … Continue reading

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Good days ahead… or is it just an aberration?

According to Kwon Tae-jin at the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), North Korea’s crop production is expected to rise more than 5% this year, surpassing 5 million tons. He attributed this surge in food yield to the following factions: Fairly … Continue reading

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Brief Footnote: Cantillon Effect in 1955

In August 2012, I argued in an article on Asia Times Online that the concentration of capital in Pyongyang was distorting prices in the country With the country’s wealth largely concentrated in the capital and most of the resources from … Continue reading

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Summary: The Rise and Demise of Industrial Agriculture in North Korea

Chong-Ae Yu. “The Rise and Demise of Industrial Agriculture in North Korea.” The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Working Paper Series Paper No. 08-05, October 2005 Existing literature on North Korea’s food crisis in the 1990s captured important details … Continue reading

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