Fiscal implication of food policy

Working Paper
[FMRSP Working Paper No. 6]

Major changes have taken place in the food policy regime facing Bangladesh in the last decade or so. The size of the Public Food Distribution System has been scaled down and producer and consumer subsidies have been rationalized. The role of the State in the food sector, however, remains quite substantial, generating significant pressure on the government budget. The extent of the burden remains somewhat conjectural with most estimates available, confounded by a maze of definitional and accounting practices that have evolved over the years. An attempt is made in this paper to estimate the extent of food subsidies provided in recent years in order to assess the potential for further interventions.

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Jan 1998
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