Tour d’horizon in Korea

Only for a few days but nonetheless: I could once again visit our project partners in Pyongyang. Stirling Mr. Yang explains the progress of the project: The technical books “Stirlingengines” and “Stirlingmachines” have been translated, a copy of the “ST05 Viebach” has been manufactured and they are working on their in-house development of the Beta-Stirling... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Retrospection and Perspectives

It is with thankfulness that we look back on another year of partnering with the people of North Korea some of which we met personally when they came to Switzerland. From others we have heard through the reports of our partners telling us what they have been able to achieve with the finances they received... Continue Reading →

Emergency Aid after the Flood Disaster

In late August the typhoon “Lionrock” arrived in the mountains of North Korea. It rained heavily for three days causing all streams to flood and destroy everything in the area. The flooding along the Tumen River, the river bordering China, washed away whole settlements. North Korea mobilized thousands of soldiers to clear railroad tracks and... Continue Reading →

Freedom in planting Decisions

In the meantime things have changed in North Korean agriculture: In the last two years the co-operative farms in Korea were given more responsibility and freedom in their planting decisions. This is a challenge, as so far it was the state that decided what would be cultivated where. In return, the produce was bought at... 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 →

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