IFPRI leads the policy research component of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a regional effort designed to raise agricultural productivity and enhance farmers’ incomes. Between 2010 and 2015, more than one million farmers in Bangladesh benefited from higher yields because of stress-tolerant rice varieties distributed by CSISA.
In 2004, IFPRI researchers assessed the impacts of the Female Secondary School Assistance Project (FSSAP). The project was enormously successful. In fact, girls significantly overtook boys in secondary school enrollment—a rare phenomenon in a developing country. Not only was the program effective at giving many girls from poor families the financial support they needed, but it also enhanced awareness of the value of female education among girl students.
MOTIVATION Undernutrition causes the deaths of millions of young children every year. For children who survive, it disrupts their schooling and means they are likely to remain poor as adults. The human and economic costs are enormous. Transform Nutrition is a six-year research program led by IFPRI with support from DFID. The Transform Nutrition consortium, >> Read more
MOTIVATION The Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program for Food Security and Agricultural Development, funded by USAID, is the largest project IFPRI has ever had in Bangladesh. Building on previous work in the country alongside government partners in the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management and the Ministry of Agriculture, IFPRI launched the program >> Read more
Devastating crises arising out of natural disasters and violence exacerbate food insecurity for a large number of people in developing countries. To address this cause of hunger and malnutrition, WFP and IFPRI turned their attention to building the poor’s resilience to shocks. After a tsunami hit Sri Lanka in 2004, WFP faced the challenge of >> Read more
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