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Overcoming food crisis: would rationing system be a way out to sustain the lives of low income groups? March 19, 2008

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World Food Program predicted that the rising prices of food items especially rice may cause political instability in the country since poorer households spend up 80 percent of their income on food. The UN agency said that the possibility of political, economic and social unrest is growing as the price of food is rising much faster than people’s wages in Bangladesh.They opined that though there is a serious food shortage but it is not a femine condition. In Bangladesh , crops and harvests were wrecked by natural deserters , namely two floods and cyclone Sidr which devastated the south western coast.( Daily Star 19 Mar 08) (more…)

Mid term progress report on achieving MDGs of Bangladesh March 8, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE, World Bank.
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Planning Commission of Bangladesh has prepared a mid-term progress report on achieving the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) for Bangladesh which are to be attained by 2015.

The targets of MDGs that is declared in 2000  include halving the number of people living in economic poverty, ensuring universal access to primary education, eliminating gender disparity, reducing child mortality rate and maternal mortality ratio, halting and reversing HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Among the targets Bangladesh achieved is gender parity in primary and secondary schooling in 2005. It is  well on course to halve the proportion of population below national poverty line and minimum level of energy consumption as well as gain universal access to primary education and reduce the under 5 child mortality and infant mortality rates.

Bangladesh is behind schedule in achieving gender parity in tertiary education, reducing maternal mortality and fully contained the spread of communicable diseases and reducing of proportion of population without safe drinking water and deforestation.

The report projected unemployment and rich-poor gap as the two major MDG challenges for Bangladesh.

A detailed strategy was also prepared by Work Bank to achieve the millennium goals for Bangladesh.

An UN team earlier published a progress report on 2005 which may be compared.

World Bank on 2007 acknowledged that Bangladesh is on track for most of the MDGs, even the difficult ones like infant mortality and maternal mortality provided that the quality and institutional mechanisms of service delivery to the poor are improved.

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