University of Georgia agricultural scientists are making historythis week. They are the first academic delegation to visitNorth Korea since the country closed its doors during the KoreanWar.A delegation from UGA’s College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences is visiting North Korea on a four-day trip that endsOct. 30. The group includes Gale Buchanan, UGA CAES dean and director; Ed Kanemasu, coordinator of the college’sInternational Programs; Han Park, director of UGA’s Centerfor the Study of Global Issues; poultry scientist Nick Dale; and horticulturists Stanley Kays and S.K. Hahn;.The group is being hosted by the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee,which serves as intermediaries between North Korea and the Westernworld.”This trip is a reciprocal visit from a meeting we hadwith a North Korean agricultural delegation a couple of yearsago,” Buchanan said. “During that first visit, theyinvited us to come to North Korea. It’s taken some time to plan,but this will be an opportunity for us to visit on their turf.”Famine, Drought and FloodingNorth Korea’s “turf” is in turmoil now as the country dealswith wide-spread famine, drought and flooding. Buchanan hopesthe university delegation can eventually work with agriculturalscientists in North Korea to help solve some of these problems.”Agriculture provides the basis for any society becauseyou’ve got to feed people before you can do anything,” hesaid. “On this trip, we are taking some of our scientistswho have the best knowledge in these areas.”Buchanan’s team of scientists plans to talk with the NorthKorean delegation about areas of mutual interest.”We put together our delegation based on the kinds ofthings they seemed to be most interested in when they came tothe Georgia,” Buchanan said.Helping North Korea succeed could be beneficial to producersin Georgia and the United States, Buchanan said.Trading Goods and People”Another side of this visit is we would like to see thatcountry, as well as all countries, prosper, because then they becometraders,” he said. “The United States has things we’dlike to sell, barter and trade. It’s a two-way street.”Kanemasu hopes this trip will open doors to an exchange program for scientists.”We hope to develop an agreement in which there wouldbe an exchange of faculty between our college and the Academyof Agricultural Sciences in North Korea,” he said. “Ithink the time is also right for us to develop relationships.We have a lot of information and germplasm, and other countriesdo as well. It’s best for everyone that we open up interactionsbetween our countries.”The UGA delegation won’t be the only Americans in North Koreathis week.America’s Leaders Visiting Too”Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State) will be there thesame time we are, and that shows exchange at very high levels;the highest levels we have ever seen,” Kanemasu said.”It would not surprise me if President Clinton goes to North Koreabefore his term ends, as a final cap on the developmentof these relationships.”While in North Korea, the UGAdelegation plans to visit several universities as well as agriculturalsites and production areas.”Candidly, we don’t havean agenda,” Kanemasu said. “It is a closed society andwe must realize that we are their guests, but we want to accomplishas much as possible, too. Face-to-face meetings are necessaryto gain confidence and provide a basis for developing furtherrelationships.”Buchanan is hopeful the UGA visit will be the first of manyand the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership.”This first trip is more to explore than anything else,” Buchanan said. “But if things continue to thaw, I can seemore definitive delegations in the future. But for now we’ve gotto start somewhere, and that’s what we’re doing.”(Pete Konenkamp, UGA University Communications, contributed to this article.)
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