NGA Tearline: North Korea's Animal Protein Farming: Expansion Status and Challenges

In partnership with Stimson Center/38 North

Based on North Korean declarations to move beyond mostly vegetarian diets, increasing protein production is a priority endeavor, where malnutrition is chronic and food security can vary. It is unclear, however, how successful these efforts have been, given dependence on external sources such as satellite imagery.

At the facilities the government has selected as exemplars, positive changes can, in most cases, be observed, at least in the building and sometimes expansion of livestock or fish farms. However, how full these farms are and their actual output is still an open question.

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