How much funding is available?

Quantifying donors’ investments for nutrition is difficult. Key partners, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, are working together to develop a common methodology and develop a ‘policy marker’ for nutrition.

There are two main types of nutrition programming: ‘ nutrition-specific’ interventions are those with the primary objective of improving nutrition, whereas ‘ nutrition-sensitive’ interventions address broader, underlying causes of malnutrition. Based on the OECD’s sector code for basic nutrition, donors spent US$954 million in funding for nutrition-specific interventions, a level that largely remained unchanged since 2013.

The Global Nutrition Report 2017 found that 11 donors reported a total of US$5.5 billion in nutrition-sensitive investments in 2015.

For further details on methodology, see our Donor Tracker Codebook.

Who are the top donor countries?                                                          

The largest funders of nutrition-specific interventions are the UK (US$154 million), the World Bank’s IDA (US$153 million), the US (US$139 million), the EU institutions (US$119 million), and Canada (US$98 million).

For an in-depth look at funding trends in nutrition, see our highlight story ‘Are we making progress? Understanding trends in donor support for agriculture, education, global health, global health R&D, and nutrition’ (April 2018), or at our donors’ nutrition Deep Dives.