August 27, 2015
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 July 2015, 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. Furthermore, approximately 41 percent of children under 5 suffer from stunting.
Food Assistance Programs
FFP supports the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) to provide 33,000 Rohingya refugees from neighboring Burma living in the Kutupalong and Nayapara camps with vouchers for food assistance. This $1.9 million in International Disaster Assistance (IDA) funds WFP’s biometrically coded “Food Card” program that allows Rohingya refugees to make food choices at three vendors located in the camps. This also includes the local purchase of 30 MT of High Energy Biscuits, to provide a significant portion of school age children’s daily nutritional needs.
The 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. In FY 14 FFP development programming targeted approximately 650,000 food-insecure households, or about 3.25 million people, in Bangladesh.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2015||$1.9 million||30 MT|
|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 2015 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||----||----|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||$1.9 million||30|
Note: MT: Metric Ton; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; Food Security Situation information provided by Food and Agriculture Organization, USDA and WFP
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 Information
Monjuara is a Bangladeshi mother that wants the best for her children. Armed with new health, agriculture and nutrition practices she learned from USAID, Monjuara can continue to dream of a better life for her family and is paying it forward in her community. In Bangladesh, where over 60 million people survive on less than $1.25 per day, USAID is arming millions of parents like Monjuara with the skills to break the cycle of poverty.
Last updated: June 03, 2016