Archive for the ‘Bangladesh Food Crisis’ Category

Rice shortage

Bangladesh already faces a decrease in arable land due to industrialization and the ever-growing population. Its low-lying land also is reeling from major floods and a devastating cyclone last year that destroyed some 3 million tons of food crops and left millions homeless and hungry. The price of rice, the core of the Bangladeshi diet, has jumped by more than 30 percent since then a major problem in a country where nearly half the population survives on less than $1 a day. The government, which has ruled Bangladesh since January 2007, has responded to the shortages with varying degrees of success. It has opened more than 6,000 outlets distributing rice at roughly half the market price and announced plans to open more.