Donor

United Kingdom

Primary agency: Department for International Development

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
Milan 2017

We are honouring all the commitments made at the London Nutrition for Growth Summit in 2013, including £575m on nutrition specific programmes, and we are already over half way to meeting our target to reach 50 million people by 2020. In 2013 the UK committed to release up to £280 million in matched funding for nutrition programmes, as a way of incentivising others to follow our lead, and we are pleased to announce today we are unlocking all our funding.

Reported progress

Reached 50.6 million women, adolescent girls and children with nutrition-related programmes between April 2015 and end of March 2019

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

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

London 2013

We commit to triple our investment in nutrition specific programmes between 2013 and 2020; a total of GBP £375million (approx. USD $572 million) additional to 2010 levels of investment. We also commit to further additional investment in nutrition specific programmes between 2013 and 2020 of GBP £280 million (approx. USD $427 million) if matched by others, with GBP £32 million (approx. USD $50 million) of this to help create a new catalytic fund. Together this will total GBP £655 million (approx. USD $1 billion) between 2013 and 2020. We also commit to increase the proportion of spend in relevant sectors that is nutrition sensitive by 8 percentage points between 2013 and 2020, equivalent to approximately GBP £604 million (approx. USD $922 million) in total.

Reported progress

2018

Nutrition-sensitive disbursements: US$728.8 million

Nutrition-specific (excluding matched funding): US$124.4 million

Matched funding: US$35.2 million

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

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

Non-financial commitments
London 2013

Commit to the launch of new business and science initiatives, including the launch of a Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, to provide global research and policy leadership on nutrition-sensitive agriculture.

Reported progress

The UK has been implementing its Nutrition Position Paper commitment on nutrition-sensitive agriculture by integrating a stronger focus on nutrition across its agriculture portfolio. In 2016, we committed to ensuring that new bilateral agricultural programmes would include nutrition outcomes. In 2017, we began conducting annual portfolio reviews through our Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agri-Business (CASA) programme to analyse the targeted and actual benefits across our agricultural programmes and investments, including on nutrition. The most recent commercial agriculture portfolio review finds that the nutrition focus of our agriculture programming is increasing: 35 (or 71%) of the 49 commercial agriculture projects in implementation include elements aim to deliver nutrition benefits. We also played a leading role in encouraging uptake of a revised Monitoring and Evaluation framework in the multi-lateral Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP), enabling the programme to track progress on improving the dietary diversity of households, and the Minimum Dietary Diversity of women/young children. As a result of this, GAFSP can report that more than half of the GAFSP Public Sector Window projects include nutrition-related activities, totalling $158 million (about 15% of funding from the Public Sector Window financing). The CASA programme used nutrition-sensitive criteria to select the value chains in which it operates. These include vegetable and dairy value chains in Nepal, aquaculture and poultry value chains in Malawi, and sesame and beans in Uganda. Around a quarter of projects under the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) explicitly support improvements in the nutritional status of beneficiaries through combinations of support to nutritionally important crops and foods, and training. ASAP projects with nutrition-specific activities have contributed to reductions in child malnutrition in project areas within Laos, Mali and Niger.

The UK has continued to support the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. The Global Panel has increased its engagement with policymakers in Africa and South Asia and played an active role supporting governments with evidence-based policy recommendations, including through a side event at the GGG+ Forum on Ending Malnutrition in Africa: Towards Nutrition for Growth 2020 and Beyond, and a session on Nourishing Africa: Driving a Nutrition-led Agriculture Transformation in Africa at the Africa Green Revolution Forum. In 2020, the Global Panel has shifted some of its activities to support governments in LMICs to respond to Covid-19. Engagement with several government leaders has led to an increased focus on food systems and diets in addressing malnutrition. For example, the Global Panel provided support to the First Lady of Ghana who spoke at the African Green Revolution Forum, as well as at another event on micronutrient deficiencies. The Global Panel has also supported the Ugandan Government with the development of the Ugandan Nutrition Action Plan II and also the Pakistan Governments new nutrition-focused cash transfer initiative. has become the national nutrition champion as a direct result of the Global Panels meeting with the President of Ghana and other government representatives in January 2017. The publication of new policy briefs has continued, including papers on Rethinking trade policies to support sustainable food systems and healthy diets in February 2020, and the launch of an interactive policy handbook on food systems and diets in December 2019. the Sustainable Development Goals and Urbanisation at the end of 2017, and on the role of the Private Sector in April 2018. The in-country toolkit developed for policymakers has been shared for wider use with the FAO.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

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