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 ‘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, official donors spent US$987 million in funding for nutrition-specific interventions in 2017, a 13%-increase from 2016 that followed four years of stagnation.
The Global Nutrition Report 2018 found that 13 donors reported a total of US$6.1 billion in nutrition-sensitive investments in 2016.
Who are the top donor countries?
The largest DAC donor countries funding basic nutrition interventions are the UK (US$188 million), the US (US$151 million), Canada (US$94 million), and Germany (US$20 million).