Cross‐country study on food consumption patterns and rice away from home: The case of Bangladesh

Published date01 May 2019
Date01 May 2019
| World Food Policy. 2019;5:6–15.
© 2019 Policy Studies Organization
DOI: 10.1002/wfp2.12000
Cross‐country study on food consumption patterns
and rice away from home: The case of Bangladesh
NafisMd. Irfan1
1Institute of Nutrition and Food
Science,University of Dhaka, Dhaka,
2Department of Population
Sciences,University of Dhaka, Dhaka,
Nazmul Hassan, Institute of Nutrition
and Food Science, University of Dhaka,
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.
Funding information
FAO‐UN Bangkok Regional Office
As with most Asian countries, rice dominates Bangladesh in
terms of food production and consumption. However, with
sustained increase in income, persistent commendable GDP
growth, urbanization, and significant reduction in poverty,
people tend to consume more diversified food, ready to eat
food, and food away from home. The findings from this
study, based on data from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics,
lend support to this consumption propensity and indicate
that with time rice is becoming cheaper and animal and
plant foods are getting dearer and expensive. This implies
that the national agricultural policy of Bangladesh must
recast to match the future food demand of people and to
meet the increasing challenge of reversing the rising prices
of non‐staples including animal foods. Nested studies on
“rice and food away from home” and estimation of demand
elasticity and formulation of food demand equations to de-
termine dietary choices and to find nutritional implications
of movements in relative food prices and other exogenous
variables, to this effect, will have important policy implica-
tions for Bangladesh agriculture–food and health paradigm.
Bangladesh food consumption, food away from home, rice consumption

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