In 2013, a baseline survey for the project “Integrated agriculture and health based interventions for improved food and nutrition security in selected districts of southern Bangladesh (IAHBI)” was conducted. The survey provided estimates for selected indicators which would then be used to assess the current situation of food security, nutrition and health, and evaluate subsequent responses to inform and refine future programme interventions. Funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the survey was conducted in three districts of Bangladesh - Satkhira, Khulna and Barisal; these areas were selected due to them being subjected to natural calamities and vulnerable to climate change.
The baseline survey followed a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches; at the household level, the main respondents were women of child bearing age, mothers or caregivers having children under-five years of age, and pregnant and lactating women. A community based inquiry focusing on the participation of women provided more realistic data on: availability of food, nutritional status, IYCF indicators, and diversity of foods available in the community.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh