Bangladesh food

Bangladesh: Food Aid Fact Sheet – May 15, 2018 – Bangladesh


  • Attacks by armed actors on Burmese security posts in August 2017 and subsequent military operations in Rakhine State, home to the majority of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, sparked a major humanitarian crisis in neighboring Bangladesh. Violence in Burma forced nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to southeastern Bangladesh, joining more than 212,000 Rohingya living in the country by August 2017, according to the UN.

  • Most of these refugees are currently residing in temporary camps near Cox’s Bazar, where they suffer from high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. The concentration of refugees in south-eastern Bangladesh is the highest in the world, and host communities are largely impacted by the influx, the UN reports.

  • Recurrent natural disasters, such as floods and cyclones, continue to exacerbate poverty-related problems, including food insecurity and malnutrition in many parts of the country. While levels of extreme poverty are declining, around 31 percent of Bangladeshis still live below the national poverty line, according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

  • About 25 percent of Bangladesh’s population remains food insecure and 36 percent of children under 5 are stunted or chronically malnourished, according to WFP reports. In addition, high domestic prices for rice, the staple food crop, exacerbate food insecurity, especially among the rural poor.

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with CARE International, Helen Keller International and World Vision to implement multi-year development programs aimed at promoting agriculture, livelihoods, maternal and child health, women’s empowerment and disaster risk reduction in several regions of the country. . In FY18, FFP has to date disbursed over $ 34.6 million to these partner non-governmental organizations to support their programs.

  • In FY18, FFP provided $ 48.4 million to WFP to provide in-kind food assistance and food vouchers to Rohingya refugees, as well as cash income-generating activities to host communities in Cox’s Bazar. WFP assistance includes a nutritional component, where children under 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women receive specialized foods to prevent and treat acute malnutrition and support for disaster risk reduction activities to prepare for it. the monsoon season. FFP’s contribution includes support for the coordination of the food security sector and the logistics sector to strengthen the intensification of humanitarian activities.

  • FFP contributed $ 7.6 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund in FY18 to support Rohingya refugees. The prize includes ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat approximately 69,000 children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition, and support for community management of acute malnutrition activities, including treatment of child malnutrition and breastfeeding activities. In addition, FFP supports a range of complementary services, such as capacity building and nutrition sector coordination support.

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