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Landwirtschaft in Nordkorea
North Korea

Good Prospects for Little Sprouts

Project Status Completed
Main sector
Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

Hardly-arable farmland, barren soil and hard winters. The summers are very hot. Torrential rains alternate increasingly frequently with long droughts. Under these conditions, agriculture in North Korea is anything but simple.

In addition, the isolated Asian country does not have enough fertiliser, seeds and energy. Agricultural mechanisation is not very advanced.

Gute Aussichten für junges Gemüse
In greenhouses, members of agricultural cooperatives are cultivating vegetables to supplement the traditional diet of rice, maize, soy and potatoes. Children in particular benefit from having vegetables on the menu in state-run child-care and kindergarten programmes. © Thomas Gutschker, Welthungerhilfe

Destruction of Farmland Produces Hunger

As a result, harvests in normal years offer at best average yields of traditional staples including rice, soy, maize and potatoes. In the past years, climate change has worsened conditions even more. Torrential rain causes more and more flooding and landslides. Every loss of farmland has a direct effect on the food and nutrition situation. 41.6% of all North Koreans are undernourished, and 19% of children are stunted, partly due to being malnourished.

Welthungerhilfe is working all around the capital city of Pyongyang to achieve long-term improvements in the situation. In the provinces of North and South Hwanghae and North and South Pyongan, approximately 3.6 million people are benefiting from the production of high-quality vegetable seeding material.

Around the capital city of Pyongyang, Welthungerhilfe is working in seeding centres and agricultural cooperatives
Around the capital city of Pyongyang, Welthungerhilfe is working in seeding centres and agricultural cooperatives. © Aurore Belkin/Welthungerhilfe
How Welthungerhilfe Supports People in North Korea

The food and nutrition situation is improving steadily. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea now wants to officially promote the cultivation of high-grade vegetables in order to increase levels of valuable nutrients such as vitamin A, iron and zinc amongst the population.

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