Bangladesh’s high poverty and undernutrition rates are exacerbated by frequent natural disasters and high population density. In 2010, the percentage of Bangladeshis living beneath the poverty line dropped to 31.5 percent, down from 40 percent in 2005 (WFP 2012). However, more than 17 percent of the population (160 million) is still extremely poor and high levels of inequality have persisted over the same period. More than 40 million Bangladeshis are undernourished by FAO’s definition – not having access to adequate amounts of safe, nutritious food to sustain a healthy and productive life (FAO 2012). Bangladesh is ranked 129th out of 169 countries in the 2010 Human development Index (HDI), and 68th in a list of 79 countries in the 2012 Global Hunger Index (GHI).

Significant gender disparities persist in health, education, and income in Bangladesh. In addition, the prevalence of acute and chronic malnutrition among children under 2 remain alarming. Achieving gender equality also remains a challenge, as significant disparities persist in health, education and income. Stunting affects an estimated 48.6 percent of the country’s 20 million children, with nearly half of children under 5 (7.8 million) experiencing stunting (Household Food Security and Nutrition Assessment 2010). An estimated 18 percent of the country’s adult women are also acutely malnourished.

Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, and climate change-related disasters, such as cyclones and floods, lean season crises, and drought, are likely to continue to undermine poverty reduction efforts. The Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy continues to address these challenges through the National Food Policy (2006) and Plan of Action (2008-
2015). These programs focus on the following goals: Adequate and stable supply of safe and nutritious food and increased purchasing power and access to food of the people; and adequate nutrition for all individuals, especially women and children. These goals will be achieved through intensifying investment in agricultural research and extension activities and crop and livestock diversification; strengthening rural access to markets and women’s access to productive assets; and expanding social safety net programs.

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Agricultural Production
Agricultural Production2013201420152016
Rice Production
FAO 2016
51,534,000 MT52,325,620 MT51,278,400 MT52,590,000 MT
Wheat Production
FAO 2016
1,255,000 MT1,303,000 MT1,348,000 MT1,348,186 MT
Maize Production
FAO 2016
1,548,000 MT2,124,000 MT2,271,998 MT2,445,576 MT
Soybean Production
FAO 2016
58,037 MT112,024 MT91,496 MT92,181 MT
Agricultural Exports
Agricultural Exports2013201420152016
Rice Exports
FAO 2016
3,651 MT4,999 MT3,573 MT5,997 MT
Wheat Exports
FAO 2016
0.00 MT14.00 MT0.00 MT0.00 MT
Maize Exports
FAO 2016
0.00 MT0.00 MT MT2.00 MT
Soybean Exports
FAO 2016
MT180.00 MT MT3.00 MT
Agricultural Imports
Agricultural Imports2010201120122013
Rice Imports
FAO 2013
679,603 MT1,310,873 MT44,842 MT260,256 MT
Wheat Imports
FAO 2012
3,210,008 MT3,112,314 MT2,089,845 MT3,376,956 MT
Maize Imports
FAO 2016
701,356 MT529,259 MT187,352 MT446,397 MT
Soybean Imports
FAO 2016
102,800 MT100,725 MT268,490 MT444,025 MT