A person living in Bangladesh has to spend Tk 276 to buy healthy food daily and 73% of the people do not have the capacity to do so.
This information was disclosed in “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022” published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Unicef, the World Food Program and the World Health Organization.
In 2017, around 77.4% of the population of Bangladesh could not afford a healthy diet, which was reduced to 73% in 2022.
According to the report, Nepal has the lowest ability to purchase healthy food among South Asian countries. Next comes Pakistan.
India does slightly better than Bangladesh while Sri Lanka and Bhutan have the highest purchasing capacity for healthy foods compared to other countries in this region.
On average, 41.1% of people in South Asia cannot afford healthy food.
The challenges to ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition are growing, reads the report.
The Covid-19 pandemic has further exposed the fragilities of our agri-food systems and the inequalities of our societies, leading to a further increase in hunger in the world and serious food insecurity.
The report says that despite global progress, trends in child undernutrition – including stunting and wasting, essential micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity among children – remain of serious concern.