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.
With a growing portfolio of nutrition-sensitive projects, IFAD is strengthening implementation support to ongoing projects through various strategies including: closer technical support, especially at start-up; dedicated technical assistance to selected projects through nutrition specialists; partnerships with UN and reaserch institutions; additional financing through supplementary funds; and dedicated capacity-building efforts; as well as providing guidance materials (for example, "How to do notes" on Neglected and Underutilized Species).
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
From June 2020 to 31 May 2021, 83% of projects designed were validated as nutrition sensitive (19 out of 23 projects), the target being 50% in the replenishment period 2019-2021. As of June 2021, 3 out of 4 projects in the IFAD 11 replenishment (2019-2021) approved were validated as nutrition sensitive.
All the COSOPs (100%) approved during the period were nutrition sensitive and include a detailed situation analysis within the project Social Environment and Climate change procedures note.
All the nutrition-sensitive country strategies designed within the reporting period include nutrition core indicator; an output and an outcome indicator on nutrition (Minimum dietary diversity for women (MDDW) and/or Knowledge, Aptitude and Practices (KAP)). IFAD is providing capacity-building support to ensure that data is collected on the nutrition core indicators (currently 5 projects have data available on MDDW).
Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved.