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The Right to Food: Bangladesh Perspective

A large number of the people in Bangladesh are deprived of basic economic and social rights. The poor in Bangladesh do not even meet the minimum nutritional requirement to maintain a healthy body. Hence, poverty in Bangladesh, as elsewhere, is synonymous with hunger and malnutrition. An attempt has been made in this paper to evaluate the performance of Bangladesh on the implementation of the right to food in the light of the commitments made by the State. In particular, the paper has examined whether the process of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring is consistent with the requirements of the rights-based approach. The paper has also suggested possible directions that the State of Bangladesh needs to follow for enhanced implementation of the right to food in the country.