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Can we say goodbye to hunger?

  • Published at 12:02 am December 11th, 2019
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We are a country that knows what famine feels like

When people struggle for their daily sustenance, all other problems take a back seat. Things like creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can hardly be expected from a person worried about where his or her next meal will come from.

That is why it is so important to treat the problem of hunger as a priority. 

Luckily, Bangladesh has come a very long way since its famine afflicted days. Food production has increased by leaps and bounds, there have been great changes in agricultural technology, and our robust economy continues to grow, putting more money in people’s pockets.

It is, then, welcome validation that Bangladesh has ranked better than India or Pakistan in the World Hunger Index, which was jointly unveiled by Welthungerhilfe, HELVETAS Bangladesh, and Concern Worldwide. Out of the 117 countries that qualified for the index, Bangladesh has come out on the 88th place, which though objectively not a stellar performance, certainly shows improvement.

There is every reason to hope our performance will improve significantly in the years to come, with the government having made it clear that banishing hunger is a priority. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said no one would have to starve, and that rice will be made available to all at a very low price. With technology leading to greater agricultural yields, this goal is certainly well within grasp.

We are a country that knows what famine feels like, so it is all the more important that we close the chapter on hunger; it is hard to think of a worthier goal at this point in our economic history.