Planting Korean Nut Trees

At the end of April, I travelled to Asia with a group of people that were interested in and curious about North Korea. Our experience was one of hospitality, warmth, a thirst for knowledge and even exuberant joy. Even I was surprised by the openness with which we were received. We spent two days investing... Continue Reading →

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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 →

15 Years of successful Cheese Production

During my last week’s stay I visited several companies and co-operations. In Samhun Ri in our cheese factory I was given a delicious cheese but also warm greetings to take home. 15 years ago staff members from Agape international installed this cheese factory and trained the eople intensively. The operations manager was in Switzerland for... Continue Reading →

Flying Visit

Already in the spring the North Korean embassy asked us if a small delegation of experts from the Ministry of Agricultural and Environment could visit Switzerland. This pleased us enormously, as we had worked closely with them between 1996 and 2006 and had invested a great deal in the education of over 100 agronomists through courses... 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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