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
28.4
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
34
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015
Stunting
32.3
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2014
Rural
65
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Bangladesh (World Bank, 2016)
GDP
7.1
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 14.8% of added value (World Bank, 2016)
Farmers
2.4
Million
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
Sales
$321
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
1.1
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16 across Bangladesh
Land
392
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY16
Investment
$685
Thousand
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16
Bangladesh faces both challenges and opportunities for agriculture-led growth

Bangladesh faces both opportunities and challenges for agriculture-led growth and food security. Since 2000, its gross domestic product 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. Forty-eight percent of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector and a large majority of the rural population is involved in fisheries.

However, Bangladesh remains the most densely populated country in the world, with 161 million people living in a land

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 2.4 million farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales by more than $321 million.

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Bangladesh has tremendous potential for agriculture-led growth, with fertile soil, abundant water, strong research and extension institutions and private sector agro-based companies, 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. 

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Bangladesh.

  • Abiotic Stress Tolerant Rice and Wheat

  • Accelerating Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Agricultural Extension Support Activity

  • Agricultural Statistics/Marketing Information Systems

  • Agricultural Value Chains

  • Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project Phase II

  • Agriculture Infrastructure Development with Local Government Engineering Department

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