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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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After Jang Sung-taek: Can North Korea brave the economic tempest?

We may not find out why Jang Sung-taek was so dramatically purged from the upper echelons of power last December until both the regime and the DPRK are safely contained within the pages of history books (or tablets, who knows … 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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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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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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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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