Bangladesh

Despite improvements in agricultural production and improved child nutrition rates, Bangladesh continues to face persistent and emerging challenges such as worsening soil fertility, population growth, climate change, poverty, and access to natural resources. In the Government’s efforts to overcome these challenges, it has been working with IFPRI since the 1990s to develop evidence-based research on food aid, agricultural technology, gender dynamics in extension programs, nutritional interventions, and poverty reduction investments to inform policymakers.

In 2010, IFPRI, with the Government of Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture and the United States Agency for International Development, initiated the Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program—an innovative initiative designed to improve agriculture, and food and nutrition security that has led to research influencing the Government to adopted policies emphasizing strong food and nutrition security.

More on IFPRI’s impactful partnership with the Government of Bangladesh can be found in this brochure.

Highlights IFPRI and USAID partnership: Reducing poverty and hunger through food policy research

For four decades, the longstanding collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been crucial to helping developing countries attain agriculture-led economic growth. The innovative programs and strong evidence base produced through this partnership have contributed to transforming policies and investments for improved food >> Read more

Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program

In Bangladesh, the Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP)—the largest project IFPRI has in the country—has played a critical role in helping the country achieve  remarkable  progress  in  strengthening  its food and nutrition security. This builds on earlier USAID-IFPRI work in the country, notably the design and evaluation of the Food for Education program >> Read more

Innovation in Insurance: Managing the Risky Business of Weather

On March 29-30, 2017, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. IFPRI has been helping design and evaluate index insurance products to aid farmers in mitigating the impact and managing the risks associated with severe weather and crop loss.

Looking at Climate Change through the Gender Lens

On March 8, 2017, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. To understand women’s role in agriculture and to close the gender gap in agricultural production, IFPRI's research has been examining gender differences within rural households and communities for over 25 years.

Responding to Floods in Bangladesh

In 1998, Bangladesh was hit by "the flood of the century." Policy makers sought ways to make food more readily available in the short term and to better manage public food grain stocks in the future.Responding to the government’s need for timely, practical policy analysis in the midst of the floods, IFPRI staff members and collaborators from the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management produced 53 policy advisory memos from 1998 to 2001. These memos offered ready input into current policy decisions needed to respond to the impacts of the flooding.

Advancing Educational Performance through Food Rations

The Working Group on Targeted Food Interventions, which was chaired by IFPRI, introduced the concept of the Food for Education program in August 1992, through which families were given food in exchange for their children’s continued attendance in school. This innovative idea was endorsed by the World Bank as a promising approach. In 1993, the Bangladeshi government introduced a pilot Food for Education program based on the recommendations from IFPRI and its partners. It used the savings accumulated from terminating the Palli Rationing Program for a more effectively targeted, food-based intervention.