Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment
The commitments as of 2013 were increased to introduce nutrition-sensitive designs in approximately in 33% of all newly approved projects in 2016-2018. Such projects identify clear pathways through which it can maximize its contribution to improving nutrition/healthy diets by ensuring changes in food consumption patterns, connect and coordinate with interventions from other sectors and partners.
As stated above, from January 2019 to 31 May 2020, 62% of projects designed were validated as nutrition sensitive (26 out of 42 projects).
Reported progress shows that IFAD exceeded the target of nutrition-sensitive designs in 33% of projects
1. Introduce specific nutrition-sensitive designs in approximately 20% of all new IFAD-funded projects.
2. Integrate nutrition-sensitive analysis, indicators, and activities into approximately 30% of all new results based on country strategic opportunities programs (COSOPs).
3. 100% of newly approved Country Strategies are nutrition-sensitive by:
- Include a nutrition situation assessment, particular in areas and among beneficiaries where IFAD will work
- Describe country programs and policies relevant to nutrition and agriculture
- Show how strategic objectives and potential projects relate to nutrition
The commitment on the new project designs that are nutrition sensitive was increased to 50% in the replenishment period 2019-2021. A common definition of a core set of criteria required to make a project nutrition sensitive has been established at IFAD. Such projects have a comprehensive situation analysis on the nutrition context of the targeted beneficiaries; nutrition outcomes are clearly articulated and the pathways to reach the desired nutrition outcomes are defined; outcome- and output-level nutrition-relevant indicators are incorporated into the project logframe; nutrition-oriented activities are included; financial resources are allocated in distinct budget lines; and implementing arrangements are clearly defined. From January 2019 to 31 May 2020, 62% of projects designed were validated as nutrition sensitive (26 out of 42 projects). This was as a result of enhanced technical support at design.
IFAD has also defined nutrition core indicators at output and outcome levels and these have been incorporated into its Operational Results Management Systems and IFAD's Core Indicators guidelines. This includes the tools and methodologies of data collection. IFAD is now rolling out capacity building to ensure that all nutrition-sensitive projects designed from 2019 incorporate the indicators in baseline surveys and provide accurate measurements. The indicators are:
Output: HHs with targeted support to improve their nutrition.
Outcome: Percentage of women reporting minimum dietary diversity (MDDW) and/or percentage of households with improved nutrition Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP).
100% of newly approved Country Strategies are nutrition sensitive, meaning that they:
- Include a nutrition situation assessment, particularly in areas and among beneficiaries where IFAD will work.
- Describe country programs and policies relevant to nutrition and agriculture.
- Show how strategic objectives and potential projects relate to nutrition.
Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved.