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Food security in general has three basic elements: availability, access, and utilization. The dominant source of food in Bangladesh is domestic production. This paper will examine the availability of food from domestic production in crop agriculture. A companion paper examines issues related to fisheries and livestock development.
In this paper we first provide a brief history of growth in crop agriculture and its characteristics. This is followed by a discussion of the challenges that Bangladesh agriculture will face in future (including climate change) and the key issues that need resolution in order to face these challenges.
The resolution of these challenges will require interventions mediated by the government and involving the private sector, including both policy actions and the necessary investments in relevant areas. These investment needs are elaborated as far as possible in this paper, along with an initial prioritization. We make no attempt to indicate how such investment needs may be realized, their sequence, or how to mobilize them. These are matters for future discussion.