Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Bangladesh

February 12, 2015

Food Security Situation 

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  • Bangladesh is susceptible to many natural disasters including floods and cyclones. The negative effects of frequent natural disasters, including localized floods during the 2013 cropping season and in August and September 2014, are compounded by a high poverty rate, and have raised the level of food insecurity in affected households.

  • In addition to natural disasters and other events, the most socially vulnerable Bangladeshis have historically suffered from lack of access to health and hygiene services. These varying factors, along with relatively high domestic rice prices combine to heighten food insecurity, particularly amongst the rural poor.

  • Despite gains in agricultural productivity, approximately 25 percent of the population remains food insecure and nearly 17 percent are undernourished.

Food Assistance Programs

  • USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), in coordination with USAID Bangladesh, enjoys a strong working relationship with the Government of Bangladesh. FFP has been funding food assistance programs since 1976, and current development programming now targets approximately 650,000 food-insecure households, or about 3.25 million people, in Bangladesh. 

  • FFP partners with CARE, Save the Children and ACDI/VOCA to implement multi-year development projects designed to improve agriculture, livelihoods, maternal and child health, disaster risk reduction and community resilience, climate change and adaptation, and women’s empowerment in multiple regions throughout the country. 

  • Additionally, FFP partners with the U.N. World Food Program to provide 33,000 refugees from neighboring Burma living in Kutupalong and Nayapara with vouchers for food assistance.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $36.0 million 61,900 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $41.3 million 68,540 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $42.8 million 81,350 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $43.1 million 59,080 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $42.0 million 94,340 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $34.5 million 61,900 MT
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $1.5 million ----

Note: MT: Metric Ton; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; Food Security Situation information provided by Food and Agriculture Organization, USDA and WFP as of November 2014

To read more about USAID Feed the Future initiatives in Bangladesh, follow this link.

To read how FFP and Feed the Future are partnering to scale-up aquaculture in Bangladesh, click on this link.

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