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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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Assessing the risk of another food crisis, 1954 and 2014

Things have definitely taken a slight turn away from the worst in North Korea. Despite the political drama that unfolded with the purge of Jang Sung-taek and his associates, the economy appears to be stable, with rice price volatility at … 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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Food situation overview, December 2013

News outlets are buzzing with reports that Jang Sung-taek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle and a prominent figure during the power transition in 2011-12, has been removed from power. Although not fully verified, some sources are suggesting that Jang was removed due … 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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Sino-DPRK relations on the rocks? And other troubles on the Jangmadang

News is ablaze with speculation on the possible deterioration of relations between China and the DPRK after Pyongyang conducted its long-prophesized third nuclear weapons test on February 12, 2013. It is no secret that Beijing disproves of its ally’s pursuit … Continue reading

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A New Famine in North Korea?

According to a recent Asia Sentinel article by Todd Crowell, there could be a new famine in North Korea. Jiro Ishimaru, chief editor of Asiapress in Osaka who is cited in the article, notes Ever since Kim Jong-un assumed the … Continue reading

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