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A quick look at economic conditions in the post-Kim Il Sung era

It has been 20 years since the death of Kim Il-sung and North Korea is still reeling from the consequences of his economic mishandling. However, many North Koreans appear to have fond memories of the Kim Il-sung era, perhaps because … 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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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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Lurching towards Reform

In the aftermath of Ri Yong-ho’s removal from office, there have been sporadic speculations regarding the internal state of the Kim Jong-eun regime. But even if there is power jockeying within the upper echelons of the party and military, what … Continue reading

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Inflation and Reform

Andrei Lankov recently wrote an article on Asia Times Online suggesting that while the situation in North Korea is bad, it is not as destitute and desperate as many have made it out to be: For a long-time observer of … Continue reading

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Food, Fuel and Exchange Rates

Two recent articles are of great relevance to food security in the DPRK: “The Problems and Opportunities of Agricultural Practices in the DPRK” by Konrad  Mathesius notes the inadequacies of simply expanding agricultural production to evade a food crisis. Mathesius … Continue reading

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Summary of the food crisis, June 2012

The conditions on the ground in North Korea are rapidly deteriorating with the severe drought hampering farming in key grain basket provinces of Pyongan and Hwanghae since April. There are reports of people starving to death, unable to cope with … Continue reading

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