Summary IPM - DPRK


Total duration of the action

36 months

Objectives of the action

The overall objective is to improve the capacity of the DPRK partners to produce disease-free seed potatoes and resistant varieties suitable for organic farming in DPRK.


The Netherlands
DLO – Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Wageningen UR

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
AAS - Agricultural Academy of Sciences, Research Institute of Agrobiology, Pyongyang

Target groups

Researchers and technical personnel of AAS and production managers of the cooperative farms involved with potato breeding, disease-free propagation and cultivation of seed potatoes.

Final beneficiaries

Cooperative farms will earn higher incomes from higher yields of ware potatoes. The Korean population will enjoy greater food security and suffer lowered risks of neural tube defects with newborns associated with consumption of blighted tubers by pregnant women.

Estimated results

  • Trained scientists, trainers, and farm managers in the areas of organic potato farming, conventional and modern potato breeding and disease-free multiplication of seed potatoes.
  • Dutch late blight resistant potato clones tested in the DPRK with the potential to become new varieties for organic potato production in DPRK.
  • Establishment of a long-term partnership between DPRK and the Netherlands by initiating a joint PhD program and other training programs on organic agriculture.
  • Scientific publications based on this program and earlier joint research which will position AAS and their scientists in the international scientific community.

Main activities

  • Deliver trained trainers with a mission to disseminate their knowledge across the country to overcome constraints of limited communication and exchange of experiences abroad and in-country. This will be achieved by training trainers from all relevant regional AAS stations across the country.
  • Facilitate professional networking in breeding and potato seed production by looking with the local stakeholders into the different steps for the production of new organic varieties and disease-free seed potatoes for the farmers. This approach will help them to become self-sufficient in preventing food disasters and health problems of newborns;
  • Introduce DPRK staff to the International Potato Course of Wageningen International and to introduce them to institutional set-ups, operational capacities, analysis of weaknesses and potentials which could be mobilized to ensure better performances of the DPRK potato sector;
  • Initiate project-finding activities that are based on lessons learnt during earlier study tours and training of AAS scientists during the period 2004-2009;
  • Train DPRK staff additionally in the Wageningen PhD program to develop new skills within the partner organizations in the DPRK;
  • Provide necessary international publications and literature on potato breeding, multiplication and cultivation, and jointly write scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals to promote their status in the scientific community. This will support their self sufficiency to initiate international project proposals or training and networking activities, like participating in scientific congresses by posters or oral presentations;
  • Promote the partners’ skills and capabilities to organize cooperation between network members and stakeholders of DPRK, such as AAS, WageningenUR, FAO, CGIAR (CIP), SDC and EU-related programs like EUPS-Unit 4.