Bangladesh

Country Profile
Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Bangladesh and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
27.4
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
40.5
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
37.1
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
66
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Bangladesh (World Bank, 2014)
GDP
6.1
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 15.9% of added value (World Bank, 2014)
Farmers
1.97
Million
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$129
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
586
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Bangladesh
Land
359
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$9.4
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Bangladesh faces both challenges and opportunities for agriculture-led growth

Bangladesh faces both challenges and opportunities for agriculture-led growth and food security. Since 2000, its gross domestic product 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 157 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

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 1.97 million farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 359,800 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $129.57 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged

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. 

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Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Bangladesh.

  • Abiotic Stress Tolerant Rice and Wheat
  • Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement
  • Accelerating Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Agricultural Extension Support Activity
  • Agricultural Statistics/Marketing Information Systems
  • Agricultural Value Chains
  • Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project Phase II
  • Agriculture Infrastructure Development with Local Government Engineering Department (Funding to Government of Bangladesh)
  • Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation
  • Agro-Inputs Project
  • Aquaculture for

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Bangladesh

Funding

Funding Graph for Bangladesh