Alive & Thrive is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation–funded initiative aims to combat global child undernutrition and strengthen the promotion of and support for appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam. In Bangladesh, the Alive & Thrive initiative reached 1.7 million mothers of children under two with information on IYCF. In addition, Alive & Thrive supported the adoption and implementation of a unified, national IYCF communication strategy in 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.
IFPRI has played an important role promoting evidence-based policies and investments, contributing to Bangladesh’s remarkable progress. The Institute’s work will be celebrated at its Bangladesh Country Office Inaugural Ceremony on October 24, 2016 in Dhaka.
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 >> Read more
By 2010, the collaboration between the World Food Programme (WFP) and IFPRI broadened beyond food security—defined by the United Nations as access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for a healthy life—to encompass nutrition security—defined as having sufficient quantity and quality of food to meet dietary needs and food preferences. This wider scope was driven by >> Read more
In the mid-2000s, as the World Food Programme (WFP) partnered with IFPRI to evaluate which type of transfer—cash, food, or a combination—is most effective in putting food on the table for the poor in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Niger, Uganda, and Yemen.
One of the World Food Programme (WFP) and IFPRI’s earliest collaborations was in Bangladesh. In the 1990s, the country suffered food shortages caused by natural disasters and crop failures. In response, WFP and other donors supplied food for the government of Bangladesh to distribute. However, with growing concerns that food aid was not reaching the >> Read more