Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. Its people are crammed into a delta of rivers that empty out into the Bay of Bengal. Most of Bangladesh is low-lying, and is therefore one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the severe impacts of global climate change. The main environmental crises come from cyclones, tidal surges, storms, landslides, riverbank erosion and salinity intrusion into the soil. These factors significantly impact crop and vegetable production, affecting desperately needed food sources and nutrition for families.
While men and women both experience increased workloads during disasters, women suffer disproportionately, being mostly responsible for food supply and water collection.
In 2017, hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, into neighbouring Bangladesh in urgent need of food, water, sanitation, shelter, medical aid and trauma care.