Although food security is improving, the world’s largest democracy still has a lot to do to tackle its high malnutrition levels.
Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populous countries and home to some of the highest rates of undernutrition around the globe.
Millions of children under the age of five are suffering from life-threatening hunger. Poorly developed water resources, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene further undermine the country’s public health. As a low-lying, densely populated country, recurring natural disasters such as cyclones and seasonal floods – made worse by climate change – have a devastating impact here.
Bangladesh has also faced significant challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. Restricted access to health and nutrition services has led to an increase in rates of severe acute malnutrition – the most life-threatening form of hunger – by 14%. Violence against women and children has also increased by almost a third.