Strawberries in winter: AFSC's program in North Korea

When you ask yourself who holds the keys to world peace, you may not think of farmers. But in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea), where bad weather makes crops hard to grow and political isolation makes help hard to come by, a farmer’s success can make a world of difference.

Linda Lewis, director of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) DPRK program, traveled to North Korea in the wake of political tensions this spring. Hers was the first American group to visit in some time, and our farm partners expressed joy that she still came.

A walk in Pyongyang

AFSC's Linda Lewis shares photos from the day in May 2013 she spent seeing the sights in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea), where people were out rollerblading, playing cards, and boating in the Taedong River.

A day on the farm: Visiting AFSC partners in North Korea

Linda Lewis, AFSC's country representative for China and the DPRK (North Korea), describes her May 2013 trip to partner farms and organizations in North Korea, where farm managers are working to introduce sustainable practices and improve yields.

Statement in response to U.S. simulated nuclear attacks on North Korea and cyber attacks in North and South Korea

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has long opposed military actions on the Korean peninsula that serve to deepen and prolong a conflict that has persisted since the Korean War. This spring another round of military actions and escalations by all parties are now underway in the region, including repeated simulated U.S. nuclear attacks against North Korea by B-2 and B-52 bombers in the midst of ongoing U.S.-South Korean war games.

AFSC statement in response to North Korea’s nuclear test

The American Friends Service Committee is profoundly saddened by the news that North Korea has carried out its third nuclear test on Feb. 12. As longtime activists against the use of nuclear weapons, we urge South Korea, the United States, Japan and others to respond with intensified diplomatic efforts to address this crisis and its underlying causes.

Educating for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

In October 2009, Country Representative WuNa presented a paper based on AFSC's experience in DPRKat a conference on Peace Education in Seoul Korea. 

DPRK Agricultural Program

AFSC Country Rep WuNa visiting experimental rice fields at Ku-up co-op farm.

AFSC Country Representative WuNa  visiting experimental rice fields at Ku-up cooperative farm.

North Korea Agricultural Program

To bring together both local knowledge and scientific expertise for better results, AFSC works with both the Academy of Agriculture Science and with four cooperative farms.   

AFSC support is based on each farm’s specific location, including key crops, labor force, natural and economic conditions.   Farm trials address the  immediate need to increase food production and to protect soil fertility.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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