Nutrition

At a glance

Funding trends

Based on the OECD’s sector code for basic nutrition, official donors spent US$1.0 billion in funding for nutrition-specific interventions in 2019. This represents a 9%-increase compared to US$956 million in 2018.

Top donors

The largest DAC donors for basic nutrition interventions are the United Kingdom (US$167 million), the United States (US$143 million), EU institutions (US$107 million), and Canada (US$67 million).


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. Quantifying donors' investments for nutrition is difficult. Key partners, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, have worked together to improve the quality of donors' reporting on funding for nutrition. As a result, the OECD's Creditor Reporting System (CRS)'s definition of basic nutrition has been amended to match the global definition of nutrition-specific, and a voluntary nutrition policy marker has been introduced to improve the tracking of nutrition ODA across sectors.


For more details on the state of funding for nutrition, please see chapter 5 of the 2020 Global Nutrition Report: ‘Equitable financing for nutrition'.

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