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Bangladesh faces both challenges and opportunities for agriculture-led growth and food security. Since 2000, its GDP 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.
Yet Bangladesh remains the most densely populated country in the world, with 153 million people living in a land area roughly the size of Iowa. And it has one of the highest rates of undernutrition in the world, with poverty, lack of access to agricultural land, and poor eating habits
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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.
Browse the resources below for more on our food security and nutrition activities in Bangladesh.