Tag Archives: Food aid

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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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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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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A looming food crisis? or an end to Inflation? A roundup

As North Korea celebrates the birthday of Kim Il-sung and prepares for the Military Foundation Day, big things are transpiring in the country’s foreign affairs and economy that may have lasting impact on the country’s food security. According to the … Continue reading

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Recent History: Global Rice Panic and North Korea

How closed is the North Korean economy? Not as closed as many people might think. NPR Planet Money Blog recently broadcasted an episode on the Rice Panic of 2008. Triggered by India’s decision in October 2007 to ensure food security … Continue reading

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Moving towards Slow Recovery?

In May 2012, the UN published an overview of needs and assistance for the DPRK. In the report, the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) …estimated in October 2011 the total cereal import requirement in 2011/12 at 739,000 … Continue reading

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Famine and Food – Case of Greece during the Second World War

We must both have been hungry because we constantly led the conversation round to food. “What is your favorite dish, grandad?” “All of them, my son. It’s a great sin to say this is good and that is bad.” “Why? … Continue reading

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