Tag Archives: ecology

Of Fishermen and Borders

We recently published a few of articles focusing on North Korea’s struggle to control its territorial waters. From the exploitation of offshore oil deposits to the construction of the conspicuously ineffective pair of frigates, Pyongyang appears to be doubling its … Continue reading

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How is North Korea responding to climate change?

Online news site The Conversation published an interesting piece on May 16, 2014, titled “Behind North Korea’s surprising compliance on climate change.” The article argues that North Korea, with its vulnerable agricultural system threatened by the impact of climate change, … Continue reading

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Drought and Fire

As the old saying goes, mother nature never takes a break – and no one knows this better than the farmers of North Korea. This year, North Korea’s Central News Agency noted that the average rainfall from mid-February to the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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