private consultant on rural and agricultural development issues
Areas of Interest: DPRK food and agriculture situation and policy, Rural and community development, Program management, Evaluation research.
Randall Ireson coordinated the American Friends Service Committee agricultural development program in the DPRK between 1998 and 2007. Working closely with several cooperative farms and North Korean research institutes, he designed and implemented a program which attempts to resolve some of the fundamental obstacles to improved food production in the DPRK. Dr. Ireson has made numerous trips to the DPRK, and has led over a dozen study delegations from the DPRK to the U. S. and other countries.
Prior to his work in North Korea, Dr Ireson directed or contributed to other development projects in Asia, including seven years in Laos spanning the period from 1967 through 1994. He has also coordinated the formation of water users’ groups in Pakistani and Lao irrigation projects, and assisted in program design and evaluation for several NGOs, bilateral and UN assistance agencies.
Dr. Ireson has taught Sociology at Willamette University and the University of Albuquerque, and directed the Research and Evaluation Unit of the Oregon Department of Corrections. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University, and a B.A. from Stanford University.