Food Planning and Monitoring Unit

The Food Planning and Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Food is responsible for monitoring the food security situation in Bangladesh and the implementation of related policies. Activities include collecting, storing and disseminating information for food security analysis and policy formulation, and delivering evidence-based policy advice to the Government  on issues relevant to food security – on its own initiative or on demand by the Government of Bangladesh.
The Unit provides secretarial support to the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) and contributes to other Government committees relevant to food security, such as the Early Warning Technical Committee or the Safety Net Technical Committee. As the lead office on food security issues in Bangladesh, FPMU is also responsible for enhancing inter-ministerial collaboration for the implementation of the National Food Policy and monitoring its Plan of Action. The agency also has a pivotal role in coordinating, monitoring and evaluating interventions under the Country Investment Plan.
Activities of FPMU are divided into four directorates, three of which representing one specific dimension of food security (availability, access and utilization) plus one that facilitates information exchange between FPMU and data providers (view organogram):

  1. Directorate of Food Availability, dealing with all issues related to the domestic supply component of the availability dimension of food security. It includes two services: (i) domestic production; and (ii) early warning and agricultural sustainability
  2. Directorate of Food Access, dealing with the physical, economic and social access dimensions of food security. It includes two services: (i) physical and economic access; and (ii) social access
  3. Directorate of Food Utilization, dealing with all issues related to the food utilization dimension of food security. It includes one service on food utilization and nutrition
  4. Directorate of Management, Information and Communication, dealing with all functions that need to be centralized for the overall operation of FPMU (e.g. cooperation with Development Partners). It includes one service on management, information and communication.

For a more efficient, integrated and analytical support to the FPMC, the agency has established an inter-ministerial coordination mechanism through a Food Policy Working Group and Thematic Teams.

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