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  • Events | 15 April, 2010 (10:16)

    Behind The Bamboo Curtain: Five Years In North Korea

    Most visitors and journalists can only scratch the surface of what life is like in North Korea. Karin Janz, country director (North Korea) for the German NGO Welthungerhilfe, will share what she has gleaned from five years of work in the secretive country, where she interacted with local families and visited their homes.

    Welthungerhilfe is the largest of six European NGOs based in North Korea. Welthungerhilfe helps people to help themselves through its support of maize seed processing, provision of clean drinking water and implementation of sustainable agro-forestry systems. The NGO has helped plant more than 100,000 fruit trees in North Korea, diversifying the diet of many people. It has also sent hundreds of North Koreans for training in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, China and New Zealand.

    DATE: April 20, 2010

    Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

    17, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600
    德意志联邦共和国驻华大使馆 – 北京市朝阳区东直门外大街17号
    Tel: 8532 9000 (map)

    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 50 rmb on the door to non-members
    REGISTRATION: email fcccadmin@gmail.com so we know numbers and for security clearance

    From 2005 to 2010, Dr Karin Janz was country director in North Korea for the German NGO Welthungerhilfe, overseeing a team of 10 international staff members and 35 Korean specialists and translators in its Pyongyang office.
    Dr Janz was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1959. She studied land management and agriculture. In 1985, she spent several months in a village on Hebei’s border, where she transplanted rice, fed chicken and ducks and discussed ecological farming with farmers. From 1990 to 1995, she worked for the German Technical Cooperation GTZ to improve farmers’ living conditions in Hebei.

    From 1995 to 2000, she again spent months in rural China to research her PhD on traditional knowledge of farming, while advising on rural projects all over China and Asia. For another five years, she was project manager on an afforestation project in Shanxi Province.
    After 25 interesting years in East Asia, she is now on her way home to Germany.