Rural Development Consultant (Germany)
Areas of Interest: development cooperation, esp. with North Korea, participatory approaches, natural resource management
From 2005 to 2010, Karin Janz was country director in North Korea for the German NGO Welthungerhilfe, overseeing a team of 10 international staff members and 35 Korean specialists and translators in its Pyongyang office. During this time, she managed a program including projects in the field of agriculture, environmental protection, water and sanitation and capacity building.
She was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1959. She studied land management and agriculture. In 1985, she spent several months in a village on Hebei’s border, as one of the first foreigners, working with the farmers and researching on ecological agriculture. From 1990 to 1995, she worked for the German Technical Cooperation to improve farmers’ living conditions in Hebei Province/China.
From 1995 to 2000, she again spent months in rural China to research her PhD on indigenous knowledge of farming, while advising on rural projects all over China, Asia and Africa. Then, from 2000-2005, she worked as the team leader in another German-financed project in Shanxi. Together with her Chinese colleagues, she developed participatory and democratic approaches for planting and managing forests and agricultural areas near the desert.
After 25 interesting years in East Asia, she back in Germany, working as an independent rural development consultant and taking over short term assignments in agriculture and natural resource management.