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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

Incipient Transitions in North Korea's Agriculture Sector: Reflections from the Farms

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Event Date

January 28th 12:00pm - 12:00am EST

Event Description

On January 9, ROK media reported North Korean leader Kim Jong-il admitted he failed to accomplish his late father Kim Il-sung’s promise to feed his people adequately. Since 1946, Kim Il-sung talked about "rice and meat soup for everyone" every year, but the North is still dependent on international food aid to mitigate widespread food shortages and starvation. But WHAT exactly is the state of North Korea‚Äôs agriculture industry, its practices, progress, and the hope for improvement?

In November, 2009, Dr. Jerry Nelson traveled to the North to visit several farms and to discuss how to improve cropping, livestock and water management systems for North Korea’s farm. The trip was the latest in a series of activities by the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources with the North in efforts to improve capacity. KEI invites you to join us for a presentation and discussion on the state of farms and how relevant agricultural progress can be made in North Korea.

This event is part of KEI’s ongoing Human Security in North Korea Forum:

In the spring of 2009, KEI launched its Human Security in North Korea Forum, designed to improve understanding of the steps required to identify and respond to the needs of North Koreans. The UNDP’s 1994 Human Development Report identified seven threat areas to human security: economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community, and political security. KEI’s new forum addresses those issues at the top of the human security agenda for North Korea. Programs will be held periodically, and each will fall under one of our three main topic areas: humanitarian assistance, development assistance, and human rights.