Bangladesh has maintained a notable track record on growth, development & poverty alleviation. Driven by better health and education, lower vulnerability, and an economic boom, Bangladesh, the largest least developed country (LDC) in terms of population and economic size, is assumed to leave the LDC category by 2024. This economic boom has helped people living in poverty. Since 1990, the poverty rate has reduced from 40% to 14% as approximately 50 million people left extreme poverty.
The country will receive the formal recognition as “developing nation” in 2024 after being assessed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). However, to make it happen, Bangladesh needs to ensure sustainable and equitable food security to have a nation of healthy citizens and to be a more inclusive and equitable society.
Health is not just the absence of disease; it is a state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Fundamental to everything we do, health enables us to engage in life. Good nutrition is one of the keys to healthy living. We can improve our health by keeping a balanced diet and thus should eat foods that contain fair amount of quality protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Therefore, an enormous responsibility rests on the shoulders of the poultry industry. Poultry sector has a unique ability to improve both the demand and supply sides of quality nutrition. It could bring about this change by providing safe but affordable protein sources and also by creating effective demand for more balanced food. Rural emancipation through marginal poultry farms could act as the prime mover.
he involvements required to increase the production of poultry are known to most, but the existing facilities needed to implement these contributions are poorly developed and hence, a change is looming on the horizon as there is an unprecedented growth in national income, literacy, and urbanization and a decline in income-induced demand for grains and a dietary shift to higher value foods. At the epicenter of this change lies the much-discussed topic of food security. The private sector, which in the past decade had given their unwavering support to the poultry agribusiness, might be the fuse to light this change.
The WPSA-Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB), a local entity of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), has been pursuing research and learning to assist a balanced poultry sector development since its commencement in 1997. It organizes poultry shows & seminars and invites professionals from multiple countries, as well as an abundance of new technologies, inputs and production systems. The WPSA-BB is looking forward to organizing the 11th International Poultry Show & Seminar-2019 from the 5th to 9th March 2019. Your steadfast participation is expected as this will not only educate us further on the subject of poultry but will also provide us with numerous opportunities to discuss the matter further with experts from all over the world.
We invite you to the show and seminar and hope that you continue to help to provide safe and nutritious food for the growing population of the globe.