Food Plant Solutions Guide

No one can deny that Rotarians are busybodies and for many it is not enough to simply support their own club projects and the two global projects of the Rotary Foundation (Peace Fellowships & End Polio Now). Many Rotarians would like to do more and quite often they have a particular area of interest. This is where Rotarian Action Groups fit in and this project is being led by the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group.



To alleviate malnutrition by tapping into a global database of “food plants” and providing a guide to recommended most nutritious food plants that can be grown in DPRK with the fewest costly external inputs (fertilizer, energy etc), and then produce corresponding information materials for distribution in schools and elsewhere, and to conduct a pilot project with seeds as may be required.



Chronic malnutrition is a problem in the DPRK, a country with a goal to pursue agricultural self sufficiency but insufficient arable land. From first hand experience we have seen extensive mono-cropping of staples (rice and corn) but believe there is a big gap that could be filled by a selection of locally acceptable nutritious food plants that may not be currently grown.



This project will extract from Bruce French’s global database of nutritious food plants and produce a tailor made guide for the DRPK, in collaboration with DRPK agricultural scientists.

The guide will then be translated into the Korean language for sharing with local people.

Customized information materials (brochures and posters) will be produced for use in schools and other target groups.

We will identify shortfall of seeds to initiate a pilot project —and will identify sources of such seeds.



  • KOMT - Committee for the Promotion of International Trade
  • Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group - volunteers making food guides for the 80 countries of the world suffering the most from malnutrition.
  • Dr. Winston Johnston led the research effort to prepare this Guide.


TBD but it may include rural residents of Rinsan County, North Hwanghae province as well as 16 orphanages and schools for orphans throughout the country.








This project began in June 2013 with the completion of the first stage Recommended Food Plants Guide for the DPRK in November 2014, led by Dr. Winston Johnston.


Support Needed

Cash support to produce and distribute food guides and posters to a designated selection of schools or orphanages.

Vocational expertise and cash to source and purchase appropriate seeds for a pilot project.



  1. Korean partners translate recommended food guide into Korean and give feedback. 
  2. Design and produce information materials (posters and flyers) for distribution in Korean language.
  3. Identify source of foreign expertise to lead the in-country followup
  4. Identify a community pilot project location and scope of the pilot.
  5. Select food plants and identify any shortfall of seeds.  
  6. Select a school location for pilot school garden.
  7. Prepare budget for  info materials, community pilot and school pilot.
  8. Raise funds for info materials, community pilot and school pilot.
    Implement the pilots.


Reference Materials