Although the overall conditions of Bangladesh keep getting better, and although the economy begins to find some stability, food security is still an issue for the Bangladeshi people. According to USAID, 43% of children under five years old suffer from some kind of malnourishment, and 30% of the women have low body mass index. Main source of caloric intake (75%) is still just rice. The key issue to this problem is the fact that there is no sustainability.
Weather conditions are also a problem. Latest monsoon rains have broken the river banks, causing severe flooding and displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. This affects living conditions and it also affects food production as a big part of the arable land is under water. And the major problem is the fact that food shortage in Bangladesh has a tendency to be higher in a few years because of the rapidly growing population and the growing unemployment rates, and it will hit a critical level by 2050.
Governments, corporations and individuals throughout the world have been looking for a way in which the food problem in Bangladesh can be addressed properly. There are several non government agencies that are working in Bangladesh, trying to help people overcome their nutrition problems. Fact is the core issue will not be solved by bringing food to people, but by helping Bangladeshi people to become sustainable. How? There are a number of possibilities, commencing with birth control to lower birth rates and stop demographic explosion. Strengthening household economies and showing people how to raise animals and grow simple crops is another option, and so is attracting investment so unemployment rates can get lower. But it is not as easy as it sounds. It needs to be done consistently through a lot of years before seeing any positive result.
Realities like the one the Bangladeshi people are facing are not local problems that will remain on their own countries. It is a fact that what happens in one side of the planet affects the other side sooner or later. So helping out is responsibility of everyone. Caring for natural resources and finding sustainability is not responsibility of poor countries like Bangladesh alone. There should be similar efforts in every country of the planet so we are able to find a balance that keeps us safe and that guarantees that we will all have enough water and food for years to come. This is why engaging in efforts to help other countries, like Bangladesh, can come back as a change on everyone’s reality in the future. You can find a lot of information about initiatives to help Bangladesh through the internet, but we recommend checking some of the most recognized, such as The Hunger Project Bangladesh, Action against Hunger, and Hunger Free World. The sites of these projects may also redirect you to other organizations that are working in smaller scale and in which you may be able to get involved in a number of ways, such as becoming a sponsor or volunteering.