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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Assist North Koreans impacted by economic collapse, agricultural failure and a lack of medical services by providing them with food, medicine and other critical supplies.

The context

North Korea is well into its second decade of chronic food shortage. Although an infusion of international food aid over the last ten years has helped to stabilize the situation, conditions remain dire. The health system is unable to provide for the needs of common citizens, medicine is in short supply, and electricity is rarely available for the most simple, let alone complicated, procedures.

Our work

  • Agriculture & Food: Prioritizing solutions for chronic food insecurity, including the introduction of apple orchards, advanced farming techniques, and sustainable aquaculture to provide a steady source of fish protein
  • Health: Supplying medical equipment and generators to hospitals
  • Conflict & Governance: Promoting personal and cultural exchanges between U.S. and North Korean citizens to improve technical knowledge and cultural understanding
  • Emergency response: Providing emergency food, medicine and other basic supplies after devastating floods

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