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'.

* We are in the process of relaunching the Donor Tracker website. Please check back in early December for the latest data. In the meantime, please refer to our Donor Profiles for the latest sector data. 

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