Supply chain issues, such as monitoring and deficit in good governance, remain major challenges to ensuring a strong sustainable food system in Bangladesh, according to speakers at a discussion today.
The Right to Food Bangladesh, a network of 1,000 NGOs, organised the virtual event to discuss the challenges and way forward to developing a sustainable food system.
At the event, Food Secretary Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum said despite Bangladesh producing enough given its limited land, problems in supply persist.
Monitoring of the supply chain also leaves much to be desired, while there is an overall lack of good governance, said the press release quoting her as saying.
The food secretary also said that only rice could not ensure food security.
Arifur Rahman Apu, additional secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, said agricultural production had increased this year, but farmers had to suffer due to repeated floods.
Nazneen Ahmed, senior research fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, said only increased production will not be enough. Adequate storage facilities should be developed along with ensuring a proper supply chain management.
The meeting was chaired by Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of Rights to Food Bangladesh. Mohsin Ali, general secretary of the network also spoke among others, said the press release.