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.

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

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).