North Korea warily eyes the markets that now dominate food distribution
Recently revealed changes to the Food Administration Act suggest efforts to reassert state control over grain sales
The Minju Chosun, the newspaper of North Korea’s Cabinet, has recently reviewed changes to the Food Administration Act that point to continued efforts to centralize control over the grain distribution system.
These revisions suggest that authorities seek to reign in the power of markets that have long since supplemented or replaced state control over the allocation and distribution of grain for much of the population, though it apparently lacks the ability to do so.
Moreover, the law puts in place a framework that is important to understand given the country’s admission of a
- 01How North Korean aggression and the Taiwan election complicate China-DPRK ties
- 02Satellite imagery shows Kim Jong Un’s east coast yacht, missile test activities
- 03State media review: North Korean festivals build up to former leader’s birthday
- 04Survey shows markets reign supreme in the daily lives of North Koreans
- 05What to make of North Korea’s apparent interest in naval nuclear propulsion
- 06How North Korean defectors shape the policies of countries where they settle
- 07Slump in life insurance sector points to unreported COVID deaths in North Korea
- 08State media review: North Korea set to open long-stalled hospital this year