Korea: January 25, 2005


North Korea has cut the basic food ration about 29 percent, to nine ounces of cereals (rice or other grains) a day. This is half the amount needed to remain healthy, and is basically a starvation diet, unless people can scrounge up other sources off food. Reports of widespread malnutrition continue to come out of North Korea, and people escaping into China are poorly fed. It's uncertain why the government cut the basic ration. Either they want to build up reserve stocks, send more food to the military or sell more of it on the farmers markets. The government has allowed 300 farmers markets to be opened in the past few years, and this has encouraged farmers to grow more food. But the prices on the farmers markets continues to grow, fueling inflation, and corruption. Government officials are more willing to do things for a bribe, because they know they can buy more food, and just about anything else, at the now-legal farmers markets. Earlier, there were illegal black markets. These were much harder to get to, and carried the risk of death or prison if you were caught. The legal farmers markets have changed everything.


Article Archive

Korea: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close