Soy Meat

During our trip to Korea we went to a farm that produces soybean oil and soy "meat". The production of soybean oil produces a residue that is called "soy meat" in Korean. This residue is pressed into strips and dried and can be stored. When needed, a few pieces are added to a soup –... Continue Reading →

Trees are more than Firewood

The forests of North Korea have long been under threat. At the beginning of the last century the economic development under Japanese occupation led to the shrinkage of the forest area. During the Korean War in the 50s huge forest areas and most of the old trees were burned down or largely destroyed by chemical... Continue Reading →

Potato Cultivation in Switzerland

At the beginning of November a group of North Korean specialists visited Germany and Switzerland to learn more about potato growing and also about processing and mechanisation. Daniel Gerster, long-standing expert in Korea, organised a diverse specialist programme at Agroscope, a crisps manufacturer and at several farms. We were pleased to see the translator of... Continue Reading →

Wanted – You!

Our Korean partners are emphasizing that investment in education and training is needed more than ever in 2019. Besides the request for Training in the medical field we have been asked to support the development of forestry and agriculture in four districts in the North. Reforestation is a large issue that will not be solved... Continue Reading →

A View over the River

The plan to monitor the transport of relief supplies ended at the Yalu, the border river between China and North Korea. We assume that the container with the proven baby food has reached its goal, the area around Yonsa. Unfortunately, we cannot witness the distribution: After quite some back and forth, we were not given... Continue Reading →

Fruitful Slopes again

The food shortage in North Korea made many farmers cultivate even the steepest slopes. The wooded hills were cleared, which increased the risk of erosion and natural disasters. The Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SCD) has also been involved in North Korea for almost 20 years and has recently held review of this time.... Continue Reading →

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