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Price instability in Hyesan

Rice & Iron team has been interested in the city of Hyesan for a long time. While rice prices in this border city are often higher than those in Pyongyang and Sinuiju, Hyesan has traditionally enjoyed lower price volatility relative … 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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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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Summary: The Rise and Demise of Industrial Agriculture in North Korea

Chong-Ae Yu. “The Rise and Demise of Industrial Agriculture in North Korea.” The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Working Paper Series Paper No. 08-05, October 2005 Existing literature on North Korea’s food crisis in the 1990s captured important details … Continue reading

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Yuanization, Lessons from Argentina, and Dreams of Self Sufficiency

The New York Times recently carried an article titled “Pyongyang losing grip on economy” that concisely summarized the ongoing currency crisis in North Korea. (a longer version of the article was also carried by the Guardian)  Utilizing testimonies from traders … Continue reading

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UNICEF Final Report of the National Nutrition Survey 2012 Summary

In March 2013, UNICEF published a report on the state of nutrition in North Korea based on research conducted between September 17th and October 17th 2012. This summary is a little delayed, but serves as a vital starting point for … Continue reading

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Not Enough – UN Assessment November 2012

Latest round of UN assessments revealed a modest improvement in the output of grain in North Korea, but not enough for the country to fulfill all its subsistence needs. Based on visits to nine provinces during the harvest season (September-October), … Continue reading

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