AFSC has a long history of involvement on the Korean peninsula dating back to 1953. The first AFSC delegation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) was in 1980. Today, our current program works with farmers in North Korea to increase yields on cooperative farms through testing new innovations.
We work with four cooperative farms and the Academy of Agricultural Sciences to raise productivity and implement sustainable agricultural practices through pragmatic approaches that can be field-tested on partner cooperative farms. AFSC also occasionally organizes additional education and training opportunities for DPRK individuals, institutions, and government agencies on issues of practical concern to Koreans, promoting exchange with other countries.