Increasing Landlessness and its Impact on Food

7 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010

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Mehruna Islam Chowdhury

Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD)

Mohammed Abdul Baten

Unnayan Onneshan - The Innovators

Date Written: August 22, 2010


Physical and economic access to food ensures an active and healthy life. For attaining food security, access to adequate and nutritious food is required. Access to productive resources, such as land is regarded crucial for attaining food security, through increasing access to sufficient food. In Bangladesh, food insecurity remains a reality for millions, including farmers and landless labourers. Due to increasing population, unjust market intervention, poor governance, medium and small farmers are losing their productive land and becoming landless gradually. Moreover, climate induced hazards, such as recurring floods, cyclones, riverbank erosion are also contributing to the increasing landlessness. The current study has been taken to explore the link between landlessness and food security in rural Bangladesh. The study reveals that even though 75 percent food production comes from the rural areas, however due to landlessness and some associated factors, the small and marginal farmers in the rural areas are still deprived from their access to food. Landlessness of the farmers leads to their insufficient purchasing power to buy adequate nutritious food for their families. The farmers are faced with food insecurity, which has impacts on the livelihood of the farmers in various dimensions. Finally the study reveals the view of the small and marginal landless farmers on substantive actions necessary to achieve their food security.

Keywords: Bangladesh, Farmers, Food security, Landlessness

Suggested Citation

Chowdhury, Mehruna Islam and Baten, Mohammed Abdul, Increasing Landlessness and its Impact on Food (August 22, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 77-83, 2010, Available at SSRN:

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