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Agricultural Reform in North Korea

North Korea may soon allow famers to keep more of their produce, in a move to increase agricultural production. It would be a major reform by the country's young new leader, Kim Jong Un, who has promised to boost North Korea's ailing economy.
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A North Korean woman rides a bicycle at Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea. The signs read "To fight for harvesting," left, and "To perform patriotism led by Kim Jong Il."
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A North Korean woman rides a bicycle at Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea. The signs read "To fight for harvesting," left, and "To perform patriotism led by Kim Jong Il."

Farmer O Yong Ae sits at her home in North Korea. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms.
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Farmer O Yong Ae sits at her home in North Korea. Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms.

Ears of field corn lay in piles along a roadside during the autumn corn harvest on a farm in Kaesong, North Korea.
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Ears of field corn lay in piles along a roadside during the autumn corn harvest on a farm in Kaesong, North Korea.

The fields of a cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.
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The fields of a cooperative farm in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.

The late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspects the Hoesang area farm in Hamhung city in South Hamgyong province, North Korea. (Undated file photo released shortly after his death, December 2011)
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The late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspects the Hoesang area farm in Hamhung city in South Hamgyong province, North Korea. (Undated file photo released shortly after his death, December 2011)

Farmers harvest crops in North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.
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Farmers harvest crops in North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.

Bowls of boiled corn and peaches are served as a snack inside a farmhouse at Tongbong cooperative farm in Hamju County, Hamgyong Province, North Korea.
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Bowls of boiled corn and peaches are served as a snack inside a farmhouse at Tongbong cooperative farm in Hamju County, Hamgyong Province, North Korea.

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