Strengthening Social Safety Nets for Mitigating Adverse Impacts of Food Crisis in Bangladesh

Research Team: Sajjad Zohir, Biva Arani Mallik, Sara Zabeen,Galib Ahsan

Sponsored by: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

The objective of the study was to describe the effects of the food price surge of 2007-08 on the poor and vulnerable in rural and urban Bangladesh, to assess the responses to the effects, and, suggest ways of strengthening social protection/safety net system in Bangladesh for mitigating the risks of food crisis and improving food security of the poor. In studying various coping and mitigation mechanisms, three areas among others that were looked at, were subsidy for Open Market Sales, and lending of micro-credit and credit for low-cost housing.