The project’s goal is to improve food security for the people in North Korea. Within this goal, FiBL is also supporting the development of an organic agriculture competence center. Central to the project is a 30 hectare state-run experimental farm managed by the Academy for Agricultural Sciences (AAS). In addition to the exemplary conversion to organic farming, practical experiments will also be carried out on the experimental farm. Furthermore, an AAS team will also be trained to become experts in organic farming.
The project is funded by EuropeAid, the Directorate-General of Development and Cooperation of the European Commission. The project will run until July 2014.
Agricultural production in North Korea
In North Korea, agricultural production is concentrated mostly on the west coast, which—in comparison with mountainous regions—has somewhat longer vegetation times, flatter areas and more fertile soils. The main crops are rice, corn and potatoes. In addition, wheat, barley, soy beans and vegetables are grown. Agricultural production in North Korea is made difficult by the short vegetation times, the hot and humid summer months and the long, cold winters.
- fibl.org: Project leaflet - The Establishment of a Competence Centre for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture in the DPR of Korea
- ec.europa.eu.europaid: Directorate-General (DG) Development and Cooperation
- fao.org: Special report: FAO/WFP crop and food security assessment mission to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea