At a glance

Funding trends

Based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) sector code for basic nutrition, official donors spent US$973 million in funding for nutrition-specific interventions in 2018. This represents a 10%-decrease compared to 2017 (US$1.1 billion) when funding for nutrition peaked.

Deep dive general - Nutrition

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

Top donors                                                

The largest DAC donors for basic nutrition interventions are the United Kingdom (US$158 million), the United States (US$132 million), Canada (US$105 million), and EU institutions (US$91 million).


Quantifying donors’ investments for nutrition is difficult. Key partners, including the 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. The two main types of nutrition programming are ‘nutrition-specific’ interventions, which have the primary objective of improving nutrition, and ‘nutrition-sensitive ’ interventions, which address broader, underlying causes of malnutrition.

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