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USAID/Bangladesh food for work program in 1974
The 1974 floods in Bangladesh caused widespread food shortages. USAID, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, adopted a “food for work” program to stimulate food production, feed hungry people, and provide jobs. Here, a laborer moves soil to build a river embankment to prevent flooding and reclaim land to grow crops. In turn, he and many other workers received food aid and other commodities to assist the many thousands of people affected by the floods.

The USAID Mission in Bangladesh is one of the largest USAID development assistance programs in the world. USAID has been a development partner in Bangladesh since the country's independence in 1971.

The Agency currently dedicates its resources to promote democratic institutions and practices; expand economic opportunity; improve health and education services; increase food security and support Bangladeshi efforts to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.