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Graziano da Silva discusses food safety and improved diets with the Minister for Food of Bangladesh

Better safety nets needed for some populations
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Graziano da Silva with the Minister for Food of Bangladesh.

14 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Minister for Food of Bangladesh, Qamrul Islam, on the sidelines of the 32nd FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, the Organization’s regional governing body.

Following the talks, Islam called the meeting “very fruitful”. “We talked about continued success in achieving food security and about our hope that FAO will continue helping us in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.”

“Bangladesh no longer suffers from extreme hunger, in fact the day rate for a laborer has more than tripled in the last five years. But we know we can do better with FAO’s help to create solid safety nets and further reduce malnutrition by ensuring people have a high quality diet,” he added.

Islam noted that in 1971 at independence, Bangladesh was called a “bottomless basket” with few thinking it could survive as an independent democratic state. “But, after all these years, not only did we survive, we have done it spectacularly, tripling our food production,” said Islam. “We are self-sufficient in rice now and only have to import a little wheat. But we are working on becoming self-sufficient in wheat as well.”