The BOKK II project primarily addresses training and capacity building needs. Training courses are tailored for a variety of stakeholders, including partner organizations (e.g. institutional capacity building), model farm managers (e.g. training in organic agriculture practices), stakeholders in the agriculture knowledge dissemination system (e.g. content, tools and methodology to disseminate organic agriculture knowledge), and institutions involved in nutrition education and food management (e.g. diversified nutrition).
DPRK's sparse agricultural resources limit its agricultural production. Climate, terrain, and soil conditions are not particularly favorable for farming and the country has a relatively short cropping season. The majority of the country consists of rugged mountain terrain, and only about 17% of the total landmass, or approximately 20,000 km2, is arable. Of this, 14,000 km2 is well-suited for cereal cultivation.
BOKK II sought to mainstream organic agriculture as the most sustainable way to address challenges related to food and nutrition security in DPRK. Emphasis was placed on the relationship between agriculture and nutrition. To increase outreach around organic agriculture in the country, BOKK II worked across three levels: policy, academia, and practical. At the policymaking level, BOKK II trained government officers on how to advocate for organic agriculture as agents of change. At the academic level, the project supported an online library and provided books, research papers, and information on the latest research developments in organic agriculture. And at the practical level, the project trained over 250 agricultural and nutrition professionals on technical issues regarding organic conversion and utilized local dissemination systems to reach over 800 professionals and farm workers in five provinces.
Provinces provided with specialised technical assistance
Study tours in the region
The goal of the BOKK project is to enhance the relationship between agriculture and nutrition, paying special attention to organic agriculture’s benefits.
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