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 2.2 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 $146 million.
Feed the Future leveraged nearly $750 thousand in new private investment in food and agriculture in Bangladesh.
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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Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Bangladesh.
Abiotic Stress Tolerant Rice and Wheat
Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement
Accelerating Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluation
Agricultural Extension Support Activity
Agricultural Statistics/Marketing Information Systems
Agricultural Value Chains
Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project Phase II
Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Bangladesh.