Bangladesh

Country Profile
Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Bangladesh and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
27
Million
Approximate number of people who live in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
40.2
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
38.1
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
71
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Bangladesh (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
6.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 17.7% of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
3.3
Million
Producers using new technology & skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
$380
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
1.6
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
1.2
Million
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
$1.3
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Forty-eight percent of Bangladeshis work in agriculture

Bangladesh faces both challenges and opportunities for agriculture-led growth and food security. Since 2000, its GDP has grown at an average rate of six percent. Rice production has tripled over the last 30 years. The extreme ($1.25 per day) poverty rate fell from about 59 percent in 2000 to about 43 percent in 2010.

Yet Bangladesh remains the most densely populated country in the world, with 153 million people living in a land area roughly the size of Iowa. And it has one of the highest rates of undernutrition in the world, with poverty, lack of access to agricultural land, and poor eating habits

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 3 million farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices on more than 1 million hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold $380 million (USD) worth of agricultural products
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $1 million (USD) in new

Bangladesh has tremendous potential for agriculture-led growth, with fertile soil, abundant water, strong research and extension institutions, and expanding infrastructure. Over the past several decades, the Government of Bangladesh has adjusted its policies in the agriculture sector to increase private sector participation and reduce tariffs and price controls. The Government of Bangladesh has demonstrated strong leadership in the area of food security and finalized its Country Investment Plan in March 2011. 

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USAID programs in FY13:

  • Strengthening Democratic Local Governance
  • Agriculture Inputs Network Development
  • Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement
  • Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project Phase II
  • Agriculture Value Chains
  • Borlaug Fellowship Program

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Bangladesh

Funding

Funding Graph for Bangladesh