Bangladesh Launches Food Systems Dashboard to Ensure Food Security

Bangladesh launches the Food System Dashboard, a digital platform providing policymakers with accurate and timely data on food security and nutrition. The platform aims to improve food management and decision-making at national, divisional, and district levels.

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Bangladesh Launches Food Systems Dashboard to Ensure Food Security

Bangladesh Launches Food Systems Dashboard to Ensure Food Security

On May 12, 2024, Bangladesh introduced the Bangladesh Food System Dashboard, a digital platform aimed at protecting and digitizing all food and nutrition security-related information. The launch event was held at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla in Dhaka, chaired by M Shahidul Alam, Director General of the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU).

Why this matters: The launch of theBangladesh Food Systems Dashboard marks a crucial step towards addressing food insecurity, a pressing global issue that affects millions of people worldwide. By providing policymakers with accurate and timely data, the dashboard has the potential to improve food security and nutrition outcomes, ultimately contributing to the well-being of entire communities.

Food Secretary M Ismail Hossain emphasized the importance of the dashboard, stating, "The launch of the dashboard will ensure the right to access food-related data by all." The platform will facilitate rapid policy formulation and research activities by providing various information on food availability and nutrition.

The dashboard offers several key features, including real-time information on food management scenarios at the national, divisional, and district levels; food system index covering national and local levels; and access to key food system indicators at the national and local levels. The platform is managed under the guidance of the Ministry of Food and the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Notable attendees at the launch event included Dr. Rudaba Khondker, Country Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Dr. Namita Halder, former secretary and Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF); Dr. Dia Sanou, Deputy Country Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Bangladesh); Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Manirul Islam, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO); and M Abdullah Al Mamun, Additional Director General of the Department of Food.

The development of the Bangladesh Food Systems Dashboard involved collaboration among multiple stakeholders, including government ministries, international organizations, and academia. GAIN partnered with the Columbia Climate School, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Prime Minister's Office, planning and agriculture ministries, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and academia to support the development process.

The launch of the Bangladesh Food Systems Dashboard marks a significant step forward in ensuring food and nutrition security for all Bangladeshis. By digitizing and making food-related data accessible, the platform enables policymakers to make informed, data-driven decisions. As Dr. Rudaba Khondker, Country Director of GAIN in Bangladesh, emphasized, "Data is critical in making decisions for policy and different elements of food systems."

Key Takeaways

  • Bangladesh launches Food System Dashboard to digitize food security data.
  • Dashboard provides real-time info on food management, availability, and nutrition.
  • Platform aims to improve food security and nutrition outcomes for entire communities.
  • Development involved collaboration among gov't, intl orgs, and academia.
  • Dashboard enables policymakers to make informed, data-driven decisions.