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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

2019

Nutrition-sensitive disbursements: US$761.3 million

Nutrition-specific (excluding matched funding): US$91.8 million

Matched funding: US$53.6 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

Over the reporting period, the UK has continued to promote and support research, policy and private sector investment in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems. This included the following achievements:

Research - The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) maintains an extensive research and developement agenda on nutrition-sensitive agriculture, which includes ongoing support for the development of biofortified and improved crop varieties and animal vaccines and treatments. FCDO also supports research and building the evidence base on agriculture and nutrition, including the drivers of food choice, and data on the cost of a healthy diet.

Policy - FCDO continued to support the work of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition until 31 March 2021, to promote a policy shift towards more sustainable food systems and nutritious diets. Over the past year, the Panel played an important role in offering new evidence and policy recommendations on transforming food systems for nutrition through the publication of its Foresight 2.0 report and policy briefs on food systems and Covid-19, aquaculture, and food systems in fragile states. It increased its engagement with policymakers in Africa and South Asia and played an active role in supporting preparations for the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). Its high-level multi-stakeholder roundtable in Ethiopia with Ministers of Health and Agriculture laid the ground for the country's UNFSS Food Systems Dialogue. Options for food systems transitions were also presented to the Zambian government. The Panel maintained effective relations with the governments of Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda, including by offering advice on food systems interventions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and creating links between these countries and the UNFSS. In Nepal, for example, the Panel was appointed as member of the country's Technical Committee for the Food Systems Summit.

In addition, FCDO continued to support the Access to Nutrition Initiative to hold the food industry to account for their actions on nutrition and diets and incentivise them to increase their positive impact on tackling all forms of malnutrition. It also supported a learning partnership between cities to improve urban food systems, as well as a global youth campaign to advocate for sustainable food systems and healthy diets.

Investments in nutrition-sensitive agriculture - The UK has continued to implement its Nutrition Position Paper commitment on nutrition-sensitive agriculture by integrating a stronger focus on nutrition across its agriculture portfolio. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)'s 2020 review of FCDO'S�s nutrition portfolio commented positively on various programmes that intended to help make nutritious foods more available and affordable, such as the Africa Food Trade and Resilience Programme and Zambia's Private Enterprise Programme. FCDO strengthened its methodology to assess the nutrition sensitivity in its 2020 Commercial Ag. Portfolio Review, which was published in May 2021. The review found that about 20% of the portfolio was nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific and a further 28% aimed to improve nutrition outcomes through indirect pathways (income generation, women's empowerment, making nutritious foods more available and affordable, etc.).

FCDO continues to play an active role in supporting the multi-lateral Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP), which provides a range of public and private investment tools aimed at improving food security and nutrition. The programme has improved the nutrition of 1.2 million people through improved access to nutritious foods and dietary diversity and 19% of the investments made by GAFSP's private sector investment window are focused on raising nutritional intake and adoption of high-yield technologies. The private sector side of GAFSP in particular is seeking to seed fund investments that can become transformational for the impact of agriculture on nutrition; for example, through Africa Improved Foods (AIF), a company established in Rwanda and now expanding into other food- and nutrition-insecure African countries. AIF provides a scalable and sustainable solution to malnutrition via local production of highly nutritious foods and smallholder sourcing.

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme is also working to increase the availability and quality of nutritious foods such as vegetables, dairy products, fish and poultry in markets in Malawi and Nepal by attracting investment into SMEs that operate in these value chains and helping farmers to improve their farming practices and routes to market. This work has already benefited over 100,000 farmers and is expected to raise the incomes of some 350,000 farmers by 2024.

As part of the UK's presidency of the G7, the UK and other G7 nations have agreed to work with the agri-food sector to identify steps companies can take to improve the sustainability and resilience of the global food supply chains, including nutritional impact. The outcome of this work is expected to be announced in December 2021.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

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