The redevelopment of the Sepho Tableland is one example of North Korea’s efforts to adapt its agricultural practices to perform better within the constraints of the land. This project sought to convert high elevation terrains, which are not conducive to crop production, into grassy fields for supporting livestock farming, thus increasing protein production while maximizing less than ideal land resources.
This project also demonstrated a culture shift in agricultural and consumption preferences. While pigs and chicken had historically been the preferred sources of protein, their grain consumption created higher demands on overall food production, diverting grain from the people. By shifting to grass-fed livestock farming, North Korea could increase protein production in a more complementary way.