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The context
Bangladesh has made significant achievements in ensuring food security and nutrition for the country’s population. Over the last 20 years, rice production has tripled and the country has reached self-sufficiency in rice production during normal harvest years. 
Notwithstanding the progress made almost one third of the population still live below the poverty line and a significant proportion of these live in extreme poverty. There are significant geographical differences between districts and between urban and rural areas. Moreover, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and keeps growing by more than 2 million people per year. 
The country’s food and nutrition security context is becoming increasingly complex and is characterized by a growing number of policies, institutional mechanisms, monitoring frameworks, and initiatives. While this is evidence of the growing importance attached to food security and nutrition in the country, there is a significant risk of duplication of efforts and fragmentation.

MUCH Objectives
MUCH builds on the success of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP), implemented by FAO and supported by the generous contributions of USAID and EU. Based on this experience, MUCH main objective is to build a “strengthened enabling environment for eradicating food insecurity and malnutrition”.  This will be achieved through five mutually reinforcing outputs, all of which are focused on strengthening national capacities: 
Output 1: Improved capacities of Government and stakeholders for developing national food security and nutrition policy framework, cross-sectoral                policy frameworks, cross-sectoral and sectoral investment plans as well as programmes for food security and nutrition.
Output 2: Improved capacities of Government for human resource and organizational development in the food security and nutrition domain.
Output 3: Increased capacities of Government to ensure the adequacy of resource allocation and use for food security and nutrition.
Output 4: Improved capacities of Government, civil society and private sector to effectively engage in dialogue on food security and nutrition policies and programmes.
Output 5: Improved capacities of FPMU and FSN related ministries to monitor and map trends and analyse the contribution of sectors and stakeholders to food security and nutrition.

Implementation
The MUCH Project document was signed with the Government of Bangladesh on the 14th of January 2015. Initial funding has been received by USAID with prospected additional support by the EU to materialize in early 2016. The 5 year programme will be jointly implemented with, and will be housed in, the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food and will coordinate with other core ministries central to the food security and nutrition at cross-sectoral, sectoral and sub-sectoral level, as well as with civil society and the private sector.
http://fpmu.gov.bd/nfpcsp/http://fpmu.gov.bd/agridrupal/shapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1

webpage under construction

updated: September 2015

webpage under construction

updated: September 2015

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