With rice as the primary staple food, providing 70% of daily caloric intake for most Bangladeshis, and the high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the country, rice fortification has the potential to improve micronutrient health in Bangladesh. Bangladesh, the 8th most populated country in the world, is classified as a least developed country, and ranks 142nd out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Bangladesh
is among the top ten global rice-producing countries, with an annual production of over 35 million metric tons in 014.Both the export and import of rice in Bangladesh is minimal, with imports totaling less than half a million metric tons in 2014.
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