North Korea's totalitarian regime has made it one of the most secretive societies in the world. However, Switzerland is one of just a few humanitarian aid-providers who have been granted access to the state. (SRF, swissinfo.ch)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been working with North Korea in this respect for more than 20 years.
One project involved bringing drinking water to thousands of households, while another promoted sustainable food production and protection against soil erosion on the slopes of hilly farmlands.
The Swiss also distribute milk powder through the United Nations World Food Programme.
The SDC's humanitarian efforts in North Korea started in 1995 in response to the famine that affected the local population in the 1990’s.