Bangladesh is 3rd largest food importer in the world: FAO

  • December 24, 2023

Bangladesh has ranked 3rd among food importing countries after importing near 12.5 million tonnes of food products from the global market in 2021. The latest report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that the highest food import spending here is still on wheat, edible oil and milk powder.

FAO shared that the per capita consumption of edible oil, meat, milk and similar nutritious food is the lowest. The FAO study also said that Bangladesh is becoming more and more reliant on food imports from other countries.

In 2010, Bangladesh brought in 9.3% of all the food it needed. By 2022, that number had risen to 11.2%. Bangladesh has been buying more rice, wheat, and cooking oil since then. But this year, not much rice was brought in because of the dollar problem. The amount of wheat imported was also 30% less than usual.

Source: Dhaka Tribune