Highlights of Recent IFPRI Research and Partnerships in Bangladesh

This brochure highlights some of IFPRI’s major projects in Bangladesh during the past few decades and describes major new initiatives with the potential to positively influence food and nutrition security policies that benefit the poorest. Bangladesh has made enormous progress in food and nutrition security, food production, market development, employment growth, and social protection programs targeted to the poor since its independence in 1971. IFPRI has had a strong presence in the country since 1988, conducting food policy research, providing policy support, and strengthening stakeholders’ capacity. This on-the-ground presence has allowed IFPRI to generate evidence-based research results on critical ongoing food and nutrition security issues as well as on major unforeseen events—such as the 1998 floods that ravaged the country’s rice supply. Since 2010, IFPRI has scaled up its support to Bangladesh with the Policy Research and Strategy Support Program, which provides policy options and advisory services to the country’s policy makers.

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