Tag Archives: Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission

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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Eating boots, dreaming of pork: food security and the budget deficit in 2014

The lean months are coming to the DPRK. From May through August, North Korean farms will be sowing and growing key crops like rice, maize, and soybean while consuming what remains of the harvest from last fall. Although winter and … Continue reading

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Is there or Is there not reform in the DPRK? And some recommendations

Andrei Lankov is upbeat. He believes reforms are really underway in North Korea with agricultural yields to prove it. But don’t pop the champagne yet because Dr. Lankov is also wary of how the reforms will not go far enough … Continue reading

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Assessing Cause and Effect: Food price stability and the Korean People’s Won

Despite turbulence in the upper echelons of political power in Pyongyang, rice prices in North Korea proved remarkably stable at the end of 2013. This may be due to favorable farming conditions and the resulting increase in grain output that … 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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Still not enough – November 2013 WFP/FAO Food Security Assessment summary

On November 29, 2013, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) published its annual assessment of food security in the DPRK. Visiting North Korea between September 27 and October 11, the Crop and Food … 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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