Agriculture in Bangladesh comprises a significant portion of GDP and employs 45% of the labor force. In the past twenty years, Bangladesh has made extensive progress in achieving food security by increasing annual rice production to the point of self-sufficiency.
As the world’s most vulnerable country to climate change, natural disasters will have adverse impacts on agricultural production and the availability of food.
Areas for Improvement
There are concrete goals policy makers can work towards to improve food security in Bangladesh:
- Bangladesh’s growing urban population will place a strain on the demand for agricultural products and the ability of farmers to meet with such demands
- However, increased urbanization creates an opportunity to increase agricultural productivity with more people moving off the land and into cities
- Increasing the supply of protein available to its population would also be a way to improve chronic malnutrition and improve its RBI score