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April 3, 2014
Food Security Situation
Bangladesh is susceptible to many natural disasters including floods and cyclones. The negative effects of frequent natural disasters, including localized floods in June, July, and September, combined with violent demonstrations and disturbances in some areas and other localized problems 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 combine to heighten food insecurity, particularly amongst the rural poor.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s International Food Security Assessment in July 2012, 30 million people -- or nearly one-fifth of the population -- are considered food insecure.
Food Assistance Programs
USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) 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, throughout 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 31,000 refugees from neighboring Burma living in Kutupalong and Nayapara with regionally purchased rice, salt, vegetable oil and high-energy biscuits.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2104||$32.6 million||61,930 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||$32.6 million||61,930 MT|
|Title II Emergency||----||----|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Note: MT: Metric Ton; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; FY14 contribution based on funds obligated as of April 2014. Food Security Situation information provided by Food and Agriculture Organization, USDA and WFP as of April 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.
Country Specific Guidance
Last updated: May 28, 2014