Tag Archives: Entitlement

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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The poverty of central planning and food insecurity

Last December, the DPRK Food Policy Blog noted that adverse shifts in Sino-DPRK relations resulting from the purge of Jang Sung-taek could potentially spiral into another food crisis. Drawing on comparisons to the winter of 1954-55 when sudden restrictions on … 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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The Jacobin Experiment: summary of Food Control and Price-Fixing in Revolutionary France by Henry Bourne and reflections on food insecurity in North Korea

Literature in discussion: Henry E. Bourne. “Food Control and Price-Fixing in Revolutionary France.” The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 27, No. 2 (February 1919). Part 1 and Part 2 Food policy of France during the height of revolutionary terror offers … Continue reading

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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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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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