Donor

Ireland

Primary agency: IrishAid

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

The Government of Ireland pledges to double its nutrition efforts over the next eight years from 2013 to 2020. By doubling our expenditure on nutrition, we will commit an additional US$169 million (€130 million) over this eight-year period for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs and interventions.

Reported progress

Nutrition-specific, 2018

Commitments: US$46,225,000

Disbursements: US$28,934,000

Nutrition-sensitive, 2018

Commitments: US$260,200,654.31

Disbursements: US$159,370,690.05

Nutrition-specific, 2019

Commitments: US$101,368,279.56

Disbursements: US$54,960,141.24

Nutrition-sensitive, 2019

Commitments: US$162,464,973.11

Disbursements: US$127,608,343.40

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

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

Non-financial commitments
London 2013

Ireland’s new policy for international development, One World, One Future, launched in May 2013, confirms that Ireland will continue to use the 2008 Hunger Task Force as its guiding framework in its efforts to address hunger and undernutrition. The new policy also provides that Ireland will continue to champion the SUN Movement and will prioritize addressing maternal, infant, and child undernutrition to prevent stunting, with a particular focus on the first 1,000 days of a child's life from pregnancy to the age of 2 years.

Reported progress

Addressing hunger and malnutrition has been central to Ireland's foreign policy, and our development cooperation, for many decades. The inaugural Nutrition 4 Growth (N4G) Summit took place in London in 2013, with the Global Nutrition Report established to track key commitments made. These included the Taoiseach's pledge to double Irish Aid spend on nutrition by 2020. Ireland met its commitment by 2017, three years early, increasing both our nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive spend.

Ireland will announce new nutrition commitments ahead of the upcoming N4G Summit in Tokyo, December 2021, and as part of our engagement in the UN Food Systems Summit in September. These commitments will be aligned to our international development policy, A Better World (ABW), the overarching objective of which is to reach those furthest behind first. ABW commits us to improving Universal Health Coverage, reducing humanitarian need, and holds a major focus on improving food systems for a healthier planet, people and shared prosperity.

Irish Aid supports a wide range of nutrition interventions and programmes with a particular focus on preventing stunting in early childhood by targeting the 1,000-day window of opportunity (from pregnancy to the age of two) and works with diverse range of partners - managed from HQ and through bilateral country programmes - to improve infant and young child feeding practices by focusing on improving nutrition during the critical first 1,000 days. In humanitarian and crisis situations, Ireland continues to support emergency responses to food crises, including programmes that support the treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

For the last decade, Ireland has focused its efforts both on maternal and infant undernutrition and on agriculture. Our programme investments support climate-adapted and nutrition-sensitive food systems and dietary diversification, as well as more direct nutrition interventions through health, social protection and humanitarian channels, often through Behaviour Change and Communication and policy advocacy. Ireland announced its support for a landmark Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Conference, which subsequently took place in March 2021, in partnership with Concern Worldwide. The conference clearly demonstrated the tested capacity of this groundbreaking approach to deliver impact, at a time when scale-up is urgently needed (current coverage is less than 30% and wasting is getting worse). This is a signature approach that Ireland will continue to champion through the Food Systems Summit and N4G.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

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