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Bangladesh - January 1, 2024

One in 5 people suffer from food in security

BBS survey data said

Staff Correspondent: Almost one in five people in the country is food insecure. Besides, 21.91 percent of the total population of the country is suffering from moderate insecurity regarding their food security.
Out of this, 20.77 percent in urban areas, 24.12 percent in rural areas and 11.45 percent in city corporation areas are suffering from moderate food insecurity. Meanwhile, 0.83 percent people are in extreme insecurity.
Among them, 0.67 percent in cities, 0.95 percent in villages and 0.41 percent in city corporation areas are suffering from extreme food insecurity.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) reported this information in the report entitled ‘Food Security Statistics Project-2022’. Its publication ceremony was held in the conference room of the organization at Agargaon in the capital.
According to the report, the people of Rangpur division of Bangladesh are suffering from food insecurity. On the other hand, the people of Sylhet are in the most severe food insecurity. One in five people in the country is food insecure. In Rangpur, 29.98 per 100 people are food insecure, while in Sylhet, 1.42 per 100 people are severely food insecure.
It is also said that 22.83 percent of families in Barisal suffer from food insecurity. Besides, 19.66 percent of families in Chittagong, 16.40 percent in Dhaka, 26 percent in Mymensingh, 25.01 percent in Rajshahi and 26.48 percent in Sylhet are suffering from food insecurity. The average extreme food insecurity rate in the country is 0.83 percent.
Among them, 0.67 percent in Barisal, 1.16 percent in Chittagong, 0.64 percent in Dhaka, 1.09 percent in Khulna, 0.53 percent in Mymensingh, 0.51 percent in Rajshahi and 1.42 percent in Sylhet are under severe food insecurity.
Director General of BBS, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, was the chief guest of the event, Secretary of Statistics and Information Management DepartmentShahnaz Arefin was special guest.
Special guest was – Director General of Food Department (Food Planning and Monitoring Unit) Md. Shahidul Alam and Head of General Economics Department (GED) Khan Md. Nurul Alam.
It was informed in the event that despite the increase in food insecurity, the calorie intake of the people of the country has increased. However, Bangladesh is one of the 10 undernourished countries in Asia and the Pacific region according to World Health Organization standards. 78.89 percent people of the country have no food insecurity. That is, about 79 out of 100 people are not worried about food intake. Meanwhile, most of the country’s food is produced in villages. However, food insecurity is highest among the rural people.

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