Bangladesh's rate of poverty reduction has slowed down in recent years.
Bangladesh has not had a food year so bad since 2008. That was a year now well marked in history books as the year of global economic meltdown, the worst since the Great Depression in the 1930s.
It's a double delight for wheat growers in Bangladesh.
Release of a new rice variety brings in high hopes as scientists expect it to break the long stagnation in the production growth of the staple.
The country's farm sector is dominated by smallholders but the small and marginal farmers have the least access to the credit and agricultural extension services provided by the state.
The stark contrast between the haves and have-nots has been there throughout human history.
The first two consignments of rice imported for replenishing the government's low food stock have been rejected over quality concern.
Bangladeshi scientists have developed the perfect blend of decomposable waste, biochar, friendly bacteria and rock phosphate to make two most-used chemical fertilisers in the country's paddy fields largely unnecessary.
Failing to import parboiled (Shiddo) rice from Myanmar due to high price, the government yesterday approved another deal to import 50,000 tonnes of rice through international tender.
With no let-up in the spiraling rice price, the government has planned to expand Open Market Sale of subsidised foodgrains to the upazilas across the country.