Bangladesh, being a developing country, has made substantial progress in providing food to its large
population base over the years, yet the country has been facing challenges from lessening gaps between the
food intake for a person in a day and the minimum requirement for balanced nutrition from diet food.
Empirical studies have shown that dietary preference and nutrition are closely linked with each other where
diet could be seen as an integrated concept of ecological, economic, social, cultural and nutritional
requirements. In this article, the authors empirically analyze food production and consumption pattern with
nutritional status in Bangladesh. The authors have found that over the last twenty years (1991 to 2010) food
production and resultant food intake has increased both in rural and urban areas, but it is increasing mainly in
cereal based carbohydrate which is likely to contribute in resolving the problems of inadequate food intake
and chronic malnutrition among poor people, leaving inadequate supply and consumption of other elements
of a balanced diet. The paper, therefore, recommends that production of non-cereal crops needs to enhance
along with providing scope of poor population to access all types of food. For long term food security, the
authors have emphasized on all four dimensions of food security (availability, accessibility, utilization and
stability) along with implementation of programmes like nutrition education, food fortification, improvement
in drinking water quality and public health.
Keywords: Bangladesh, Food production, Consumption, Nutrition, Food security