Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action)

Welthungerhilfe has been working in the DPRK since 1997, providing emergency items such as food, coal, and children’s clothes. At the end of the 1990s, it began agricultural projects in South Hwanghae and North Pyong’an provinces to improve seeds, diversify and intensify agricultural production, and maintain agricultural equipment more efficiently. They also built a large maize seed processing factory that is producing 7,000 tons of seed annually. In addition, it helped build 600 greenhouses and 15 starch and noodle processing units along with 200 rural water systems, rehabilitate dozens of local bakeries, and improve 36 machinery workshops. Below directly from their website:


Welthungerhilfe in North Korea: From distributing food to supporting rural development and water supply

In the greenhouse. © Gutschker

In the greenhouse. © Gutschker

Welthungerhilfe has been working in North Korea since 1997, shortly after the country had been hit by severe rainfall and flooding. In the first years, Welthungerhilfe distributed mainly emergency items: food, coal, and clothes for children. But soon it became clear that more was needed.

Therefore, at the end of the 1990s we started with agricultural projects in South Hwanghaeand North Pyongyan Provinces to show people how to produce food themselves. The agricultural cooperatives were supported to improve their seeds, to diversify and intensify agricultural production and to maintain their agricultural machinery in a more efficient way.

After 2000, the work expanded to more areas and to more fields. Integrated rural development projects were carried out. Hundreds of greenhouses were built, mainly in the neighbourhood of social institutions, like kindergartens and nursery homes, providing them with fresh vegetables all year round.

Villages and towns have been supplied with adapted drinking water systems and have now save and clean water throughout the day. A large maize seed processing factory has been built and is producing 7.000 tonnes of high-value seeds annually. Barren hills and mountains are reforested in order to prevent future disasters like landslides and floods so that the impacts of future rainfalls and floods can be minimized.

Read more about our work in the North Korea

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.
Sparkasse KölnBonn
Account No.: 1115
Bank Code: 370 501 98
General information about Welthungerhilfe in North KoreaCapacity building measuresFood for work

Fruit productionSloping land management

Urban agriculture

Water and sanitation projects

Do you have further questions about our projects? Please contact us:info@welthungerhilfe.de

Political Map of North Korea

Karte von Nordkorea

More information

Summary of external evaluations of Welthungerhilfe projects

Specialist concept for “Rural Development”

Specialist concepts for “Food Security”

Specialist Concepts and Orientation Frameworks of Welthungerhilfe

One Response to “Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action)”

  1. North Korea: Witness to Transformation | NGOs in Action: The Welthungerhilfe Case Says:

    […] from 2011, we spotlighted the work of the organization and a wrangle it had with the WFP/FAO, but Cankor provides a good summary that we will just cite […]


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