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Food Security and Nutrition in Bangladesh

Food security and adequate nutrition are among the basic needs of every human being. In Bangladesh, despite some impressive gains in recent years, a number of concerns still remain, a major independent report says.

Led by a team of national experts and guided by a wide range of stakeholders across the country, the report identifies substantial challenges to achieving zero hunger in Bangladesh, and makes recommendations on how to overcome them.

The report found that an alarmingly large number of people still remain food insecure and hungry, and most people do not have a sufficiently nutritious and diverse diet. More than 1 in 3 children are still afflicted by stunted growth, and acute malnutrition has not decreased significantly over many years. On top of this, there are emerging concerns with food security and nutrition as a result of socioeconomic and climate change.

The report calls for a more diversified agriculture sector and an enhanced social protection system that leaves no one behind, and points out that empowering women is key to achieving sustainable food security and nutrition.

The study aims to foster a shared understanding of the food security and nutrition situation in the country, and to better align the plans of the Government and partners to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030.

To read an executive summary of the report, or the full report, click on the links below: