Success in ending hunger and undernutrition depends on country-owned and country-led strategies and investments. On October 4, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute organized two events in Dhaka, Bangladesh, bringing together stakeholders to discuss the critical poverty, hunger, and malnutrition issues that the country faces and chart a path forward to accelerate progress.
High-level stakeholders convened for the Compact2025 Bangladesh Roundtable Discussion. The forum highlighted ongoing partnerships between Compact2025 and the Government of Bangladesh toward establishing a Knowledge and Innovation (K&I) Hub in the country. The Governance Innovation Unit (GIU) of the Prime Minister’s Office will act as the platform for the K&I Hub, which will support the GIU’s research and analytical capacity, conduct joint research on priority areas and advocate for evidence-based policies and programs for ending hunger and undernutrition.
The forum built upon the discussions from the Compact2025 roundtable held in Bangladesh in May 2016. Similar forums will be held in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda before the end of 2017. All four countries are Compact2025 focal countries, and have committed to accelerating progress toward ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025.
IFPRI’s Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP), in partnership with Compact2025 and USAID, also organized a workshop on “Eliminating Hunger and Malnutrition: Are Sustainable Solutions in Sight?” with experts coming together to discuss and debate the work needed to address poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in the country. Researchers presented new evidence drawing from the Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey (BIHS) dataset, which provides comprehensive household panel data. The workshop identified knowledge gaps and opportunities for accelerating progress to end hunger and malnutrition in Bangladesh.