2021 Global Nutrition Report

The 2021 Global Nutrition Report provides a concise data-focused update on the state of diets and nutrition in the world. Independent analysis of the best data on nutrition is critical for evidence-based, timely and effective actions to ensure we deliver on our global commitment to end poor diets and malnutrition.


Poor diets and resulting malnutrition in all its forms are unacceptably high across the world, creating one of the world’s greatest current societal challenges. The need for bolder, sustained and better coordinated action on nutrition that goes far beyond the nutrition community has never been greater.

Executive summary

The 2021 Global Nutrition Report sets out progress towards the global nutrition targets, evaluates the impact of poor diets on our health and our planet, assesses the nutrition financing landscape, and provides a comprehensive overview of reporting on past Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitments.

Chapter 01
A world free from malnutrition: An assessment of progress towards the global nutrition targets

At the current rate of progress, the global nutrition targets will not be achieved by 2025. We assess performance against the targets, examine how the Covid-19 pandemic is further impeding progress, and pose some of the short- and long-term responses urgently needed to bring the world back on track.

Chapter 02
What we eat matters: Health and environmental impacts of diets worldwide

Diets affect both human and planetary health, with a quarter of all adult deaths attributable to poor diets, and current food demand responsible for more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions. This chapter presents new estimates of the associated health and environmental impacts of our diets today.

Chapter 03
More money for nutrition, more nutrition for the money: Financing nutrition

Current financing challenges, exacerbated by the economic downturn triggered by Covid-19, threaten to increase malnutrition. We examine the global resourcing needs, and collective effort required of stakeholders to address malnutrition and build human capital, to raise more financing and to deliver more impact with the money we have.

Chapter 04
From promise to action: Progress towards the 2013 and 2017 Nutrition for Growth commitments

This chapter assesses progress towards the 2013 and 2017 Nutrition for Growth commitment goals and examines the alignment of the N4G commitment goals with the global nutrition targets. We also present findings on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on stakeholders’ ability to achieve their commitment goals in 2020.

The Nutrition Accountability Framework

The Nutrition Accountability Framework (NAF) creates the world’s first independent and comprehensive platform for registering SMART nutrition commitments and monitoring nutrition action. It has been endorsed by the government of Japan, the SUN Movement, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID and many others, ahead of the Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021. Anyone can sign up for an account to register a commitment.

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Country Nutrition Profiles

The Country Nutrition Profiles bring together the latest data on nutrition at global, regional and country level. You can use the Country Nutrition Profiles to compare different regions or to find out what progress your country has made towards global nutrition targets set by the World Health Assembly. This makes them a great resource for anyone who needs evidence to drive nutrition action throughout the world.

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Nutrition for Growth Commitment Tracker

The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Commitment Tracker provides data on commitments made by governments, businesses, civil society and other actors towards commitments to improve nutrition made at N4G summits between 2013–2017. You can use the N4G Commitment Tracker to find out what progress was made and where further action is needed. This makes it an important resource for anyone who needs evidence and data to drive faster and fairer progress to end malnutrition in all its forms.

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