Food and nutrition security depends not only on food production and consumption but also on the policies that affect food systems, from farm to table. Since 1988, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has had a strong presence in Bangladesh, conducting research, providing policy support, and strengthening stakeholders’ capacity. This on-the-ground presence has allowed IFPRI to generate evidence-based research results on critical food and nutrition security issues.
Since October 2010, IFPRI has scaled up its support to Bangladesh with the Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP) for Food Security and Agricultural Development, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Building on previous work in the country alongside government and development partners, it fills the need for demand-driven food and agricultural policy research in response to Bangladesh’s country investment plan for agriculture, food security, and nutrition. It aims to generate information on critical issues, strengthen analytical capacity within the country, and stimulate policy dialogue. Its main objectives are to enhance the efficiency of food production and marketing, accelerate income growth of the poor, and improve nutrition for vulnerable groups.
Four years after its inception in 2010, it is time to take stock and see what has been achieved by the PRSSP. The PRSSP has made remarkable achievements in policy research and national capacity building activities. The one-day workshop will present an overview of the major accomplishments of the PRSSP.
The overall objective of the workshop is to share research evidence, policy experiences, and practical lessons, and to generate dialogue to help improve the effectiveness of current and future agricultural and food security strategies in Bangladesh.
The expected outcomes from the workshop will be a greater understanding of the evidence and challenges associated with translating knowledge into effective policies for ensuring food security and positive nutritional outcomes in Bangladesh.