Tag Archives: Amartya Sen

The worrisome decline in food consumption in 2013

One inevitably runs into a myriad of unknowns when researching any aspect of North Korea – we at Rice and Iron are certainly no strangers to inconsistencies in data. This post will quickly shed light on one such mystery. Conventional … Continue reading

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Assessing the risk of another food crisis, 1954 and 2014

Things have definitely taken a slight turn away from the worst in North Korea. Despite the political drama that unfolded with the purge of Jang Sung-taek and his associates, the economy appears to be stable, with rice price volatility at … 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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A New Famine in North Korea?

According to a recent Asia Sentinel article by Todd Crowell, there could be a new famine in North Korea. Jiro Ishimaru, chief editor of Asiapress in Osaka who is cited in the article, notes Ever since Kim Jong-un assumed the … Continue reading

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Famine and Food – Case of Greece during the Second World War

We must both have been hungry because we constantly led the conversation round to food. “What is your favorite dish, grandad?” “All of them, my son. It’s a great sin to say this is good and that is bad.” “Why? … Continue reading

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South Korean aid rejected while economic instability rises

Pummeled by a series of climatic phenomenons harmful to crop production and the general health of the rural population, Pyongyang will be struggling to meet the deficit in food demand and services necessary for the welfare of its citizens. This … Continue reading

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Summary of Food, Economics and Entitlements by Amartya Sen

Summary of Amartya Sen, “Food, Economics and Entitlements.” World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University, February 1986. People establish command over food in two broad ways: Direct ownership of food via production conversion of wages into food The … Continue reading

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