Time News Desk: Bangladesh is suffering from severe localized food insecurity owing to economic constraints, refugee influx, floods, and high prices of imported food items, said Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its latest report released on Friday.
"Food insecurity, as well as poverty levels, has increased, due to income losses caused by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic," said the UN agency in its December issue of the "Crop Prospects and Food Situation".
Bangladesh is among 45 countries that require external assistance for food as they lack the resources to deal with reported critical problems of food insecurity, said the report.
Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan also suffer from severe localized food insecurity in South and Southeast Asia, it said.
Bangladesh is among 45 countries that require external assistance for food as they lack the resources to deal with reported critical problems of food insecurity, the FAO says
"Domestic prices of wheat flour and palm oil, important food items, were at high levels in October 2022," said the UN agency in its report.
About one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar reside in the country, mainly in Cox's Bazar district and on the island of Bhasan Char. They are highly dependent on humanitarian assistance, it said.
"Floods from May to July affected a large number of people, causing deaths, damages, and destruction to agricultural infrastructures as well as losses of livestock and food stocks," said the FAO in its quarterly global report.
The FAO also forecast a one percent drop in the production of paddy, the staple food, to 56.4 million tonnes in 2022. Production of wheat may increase along with imports, according to the report.