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ED: The long fight to end hunger

  • Published at 09:04 am October 17th, 2021
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The country’s recent ranking on the Global Hunger Index is commendable, as it shows how far we have come since the historic famine of 1974

Hunger has been an issue we have had to fight tooth and nail against since Bangladesh’s inception, and in many regards it is still an uphill battle.

To that end, the country’s recent ranking on the Global Hunger Index is commendable, as it shows how far we have come since the historic famine of 1974. Ranking 76th among 116 countries, Bangladesh has become the third South Asian country to cross over from the “serious” to the “moderate” category in terms of hunger.

However, while these improvements are certainly welcome, and the ranking may be considered a standard measure of progress, it does not mean we are entirely out of danger yet. Despite the change from “serious” to “moderate,” Bangladesh still slipped a spot from last year, possibly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which created a large “newly poor” population that has suered from food scarcity.

This trend has been observable worldwide, as the hunger situation has worsened due not only to the pandemic, but also the climate crisis and more severe, violent conicts breaking out globally; this has greatly stunted progress towards the Zero Hunger by 2030 goal. This goes to show that, even once the pandemic is over, Bangladesh will have to work on establishing reliable social safety nets -- something we have always lacked -- to keep making progress.

While we have made admirable strides in terms of hunger alleviation, it is still a cornerstone of development that we have to keep working on as we go forward.

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