Donor

Australia

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

Provide an extra A$40 million, over four years, to support a new initiative to help more than 1 million people in the Asia-Pacific to better access food and improved nutrition.

Reported progress

Nutrition-specific, 2018

Commitments: AUD 23,952,990.19

Disbursements: AUD 23,952,990.19

Nutrition-sensitive, 2018

Commitments: AUD 73,936,781.43

Disbursements: AUD 73,936,781.43

Nutrition-specific, 2019

Commitments: AUD 11,609,351.33

Disbursements: AUD 11,609,351.33

Nutrition-sensitive, 2019

Commitments: AUD 103,607,775.38

Disbursements: AUD 103,607,775.381

USD = 1.338 AUD.

Usage of the SUN Donor Network Methodology and Guidance Note to Track Global Investments in Nutrition.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved

Non-financial commitments
London 2013

Take action on nutrition in collaboration with our development partners by joining the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

Reported progress

Australia continues to be a partner in the SUN Movement and takes action on nutrition domestically and in line with our development policy. Australia also participates in policy discussions on issues such as use of appropriate nutrition indicators and measurement methodologies. Internationally, Australia has a particular focus on malnutrition and over-nutrition in low- and middle-income countries in East Asia and the Pacific. We will continue to engage with SUN at a working level in relevant policy fora as appropriate.

Australia maintains engagement with other key stakeholders in the region such as the Power of Nutrition group, the Standing Together for Nutrition (ST4N) consortium and is a supporter of the Italian-led Action Network for Healthy and Sustainable Diets.

For the period 1 June 2020-31 May 2021, Australia was an active participant at the Malaysia 27 October 2020 virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Dialogue on Food Security, issuing a Ministerial statement on Food Security in Covid-19. The next APEC Ministerial meeting on Food Security will be hosted by New Zealand in 2021 and Australia will be an energetic participant.

In 2020 and continuing through 2021, Australian Development Assistance pivoted to support Covid-19 initiatives in the Pacific and South-East Asia. These measures included water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and other related intersectoral thematic initiatives encompassing nutrition, agriculture, education, and infrastructure. This is ever more important as food security is variable across the Pacific due to countries' different levels of reliance on imports, supply chain pressure and dual issues of food affordability alongside widespread income loss. Australia has taken steps to respond to potential food security implications in the Pacific, both in financial and non-financial commitments. For example:

- As previously reported in 2020, Australia established and has maintained the Essential Services and Humanitarian Corridor (the Corridor). The Corridor is designed to work in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Humanitarian Pathway for COVID-19 (the Pathway), to ensure the movement of essential goods and services across our region amid global supply chain disruptions. The Corridor recognises Australia's important position as a transport hub for the region, ensuring essential services and supplies can reach the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

- As previously reported in 2020, Australia boosted and has maintained funding to the World Food Programme to support critical air transport capacity for the Pathway, enabling the transport of urgent supplies and personnel across the Pacific.

- Australia has also been working with our partners to provide tailored financial support quickly to Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Timor-Leste.

- Australia has supported assessments of the impact of Covid-19 on food security in the Pacific to assist partner governments in the Pacific to safeguard and strengthen approaches to food security.

- Australia continued investments, such as funding to the Pacific Community (SPC) Public Health Division to support Pacific Island countries to improve multisector responses to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), food security and obesity, and support for community-based fisheries management to secure this important protein source for coastal communities (in three Pacific countries).

- Through initiatives managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Australia funded the Pacific Organic Learning Farm Network, which aims to develop access to organic farming methods and technologies to address food security, climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation. This project aims to meet the climate resilience and capacity-building needs of smallholder farmers in Fiji, Nauru, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

- Australia maintained is support for the Pacific Island Food Revolution (PIFR), which is nicknamed the "Masterchef for the Pacific", a reality TV show complemented by community engagement activities that aims to revive traditional food knowledge, change behaviour and reduce non-communicable disease risk factors associated with poor diet.

- Australia in the Solomon Islands supported the Food Fortification Partnership Initiative, working towards the fortification of wheat flour and imported, medium-grain white rice in Solomon Islands.

- As part of a long-standing, coordinated investment by Australia, the Community Based Fisheries Management investment aims to support implementation of the region's Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, endorsed by the Pacific Island Forum Leaders, including Australia. The community-based Fisheries Management investment increases the contribution of fisheries to reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development by strengthening institutional frameworks, policies and plans, and formalising maritime boundaries.

- In response to Covid-19, Australia, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, expanded its cash payment food voucher program, reaching an additional 4.21 million households. This program is a social protection initiative supporting a total of 19.4 million households, with the aim of assisting eligible Indonesians meet their basic needs including access to basic nutrition.

- In Bangladesh, Australia is supporting a nutrition-focused urban cash transfer program where beneficiaries receive additional cash back when they spend their cash transfers on nutritious food.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved