Bangladesh: A CGIAR COVID-19 Hub Focus Country


Strong economic growth in Bangladesh in recent years has led to positive development outcomes across all areas. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every sector of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated market disruptions could reverse two decades of steady progress and threaten food and nutritional security and employment opportunities for millions of people in the country. There is an apparent demand for effective interventions for the agricultural sector's recovery and resilience[1].

Leveraging the significant resources CGIAR has within target countries, researchers working through the CGIAR COVID-19 Hub are engaging with governments and other national partners in Bangladesh and elsewhere to respond to country demands for innovative and evidence-based solutions for emergency response and recovery.

CGIAR COVID-19 Hub research priorities:

  • How can we create an effective disease monitoring system that identifies disease hotspots and emerging diseases?
  • How can we ensure the nutritional security of people when market systems are disrupted?
  • How can we prevent other stressors related to weather, diseases and market in amplifying COVID-19 related disruptions and poverty impacts
  • How can we support digital market initiatives, especially to empower women farmers disproportionately affected by COVID impacts?

Expected research outputs:

  • Digital Disease monitor and hotspot locator;
  • Nutrient-secure homestead app;
  • Food system monitoring dashboard that will monitor multiple agricultural stresses and act as a policy support system; and
  • A comprehensive study on the potential for development of digital market initiative that connects rural and urban women and large-scale traders.

Learn more about CGIAR COVID-19 Hub work in Bangladesh.

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[1] Amjath-Babu, T.S., Krupnik, T.J., Thilsted, S.H. et al. Key indicators for monitoring food system disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from Bangladesh towards effective response. Food Sec. 12, 761–768 (2020).


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