07 April 2008
Policy Support & Advocacy Cluster
UNDP Administrator visits Bangladesh
An Internal Knowledge Fair was organized by UNDP Bangladesh on 15th March 2008. This was a first of a kind event which helped to strengthen the platform for knowledge and experience sharing. The fair was organized on light of the visit of Kemal Dervis’s, UNDP Administrator, to Bangladesh. The Knowledge Fair was part of a broader programme of the UNDP Administrator’s convention with staff members of the country office. It was organized to enliven the activities and initiatives taken through diverse programmes and projects of UNDP Bangladesh. The fair showcased six stalls which were designed on the basis ...view middle of the document...
The committee met for 15 days till the day of the event to regularly update about the preparation of event. After the event, the Administrator spoke to the staff members and answered to some of their queries. He highlighted the fact that the rising food prices are a big concern for the people of Bangladesh where around 40% lives below poverty line. Mr Dervis also mentioned that the role of international community cannot be ignored while considering adopting strategies to protect Bangladesh from these shocks. He noted that Bangladesh is determined to build stronger democratic institutions and deeper practices of democracy. Mr Dervis traveled to south of Dhaka to visit UNDP supported projects of voter registration and slum dwellers.
face of considerable economic hardship”
-Kemal Dervis, UNDP
Perspective Food Security in Bangladesh
The dimension of security has been changed. The world is facing many different security problems in the 21st century. Food is one of them. Food has already been added as a security threat towards world peace .Most of the developing countries are facing this problem. Now, in Bangladesh, food security is a burning issue. Food Security: According to the definition of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),” Food security exists when all people, at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” Food insecurity in Bangladesh: When people cannot get sufficient food according to their demand, it is called food insecurity. For a man, 2000-2200 kilocalories is required daily on an average and where people intake below this threshold, they are food insecure and tend to experience the symptoms of malnutrition, unable to learn or to work, and have reduced resistance to disease. The present situation of Bangladesh is miserable for low and middle income people. In Bangladesh, 40% people live under poverty and they spend 80% of their total income for buying food. FAO included Bangladesh in the list of 36 food aid crisis countries. FAO has identified two key reasons for prevailing food crisis in Bangladesh, one is 2 floods and another is cyclone ‘Sidr’. WFP seeks $ 15 million for Bangladesh’s food shortage. Josette Sheran (executive director of WFP) warned, without sufficient food aid, WFP would have to reduce its global food aid operations because of rising food and oil prices. The acting country director of WFP Edward Kallan added that WFP has received only $37 million in response to the $ 52 million for emergency appeal in the aftermath of Sidr . On the contrary, the USAID was forced to cut $ 120 million from future aid programme to pay for emergency aid needs. Recently International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRI) remarked Bangladesh’s political and social unrest due to price hike “a serious security issue”.
Causes of food insecurity After 1974 Bangladesh never experienced such food crisis...