World Food Programme (WFP)

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress


London 2013

1. Maternal nutrition and adolescent girls: Launch a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve the nutritional status of adolescent girls and women, particularly during the first 450 days (from the start of pregnancy through a child’s first six months of age).

2. Nutrition Resource Center: Use WFP’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger to support the commitment by the government of Brazil to the creation and facilitation of a Nutrition Resource Hub, as a model of South–South cooperation.

3. SUN Business Network: On behalf of the SUN Business Network platform (co-chaired with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition [GAIN]), WFP will announce the launch of the Business Innovation Program, which will strengthen the network by involving leaders from the public and private sectors to support the commitments of the Global N4G Compact.

4. Nutrition-specific activities: Continue to improve nutrition-specific activities to prevent stunting, prevent acute malnutrition, treat moderate acute malnutrition, and address micronutrient deficiencies by working with governments and partners to ensure that beneficiaries are reached with the right food at the right time. WFP will contribute to strengthening the evidence base for improved maternal and child nutrition.

5. Nutrition-sensitive activities: WFP will continue to assess programs such as general food distribution, school feeding, purchase for progress (P4P), social protection, and resilience building through a nutrition lens so that they contribute fully to achieving nutrition outcomes.

Reported progress

1. In the past three years WFP has worked to strengthen its role in improving the nutritional status of adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women:

In 2017, WFP became a member of the UN H6+ Technical Working Group on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. The group has been formed to foster closer collaboration among UN organizations to achieve the goal of improved global adolescent nutrition, health, and wellbeing. WFP has been actively engaged in the group and also chaired the technical committee in the first semester of 2020. As a member of the H6+ group, WFP has also committed to support a call for action on adolescent wellbeing, particularly through contributing to the development of an operational framework.

In 2018, WFP joined the Group on Adolescents Health indicators (GAMA) and is working with partners to define a core set of indicators to measure and monitor adolescent health.

In 2019, WFP joined the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action to support the prioritization of needs of the younger population in humanitarian crises across five areas: services, participation, capacity, resources, data.

2. The 2016 Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit in Rio enabled a collaboration between the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil (WFP CoE Brazil) and the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH). The collaboration ensured the development of activities to support South-South countries under the N4G commitments. In addition, the WFP CoE Brazil served as a platform to share knowledge and respond to South-South learning requests coming from countries committed to scaling up their nutrition programs.

MoH has partnered with the General Coordination of Food and Nutrition (CGAN) and WFP has leveraged this collaboration to strengthen the role and expertise of the Brazilian government in nutrition. In 2020, both institutions have partnered to launch a two-year project that foresees the exchange of successful experiences between Brazil and other countries with the aim to fight the double burden of malnutrition and act in line with the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. Knowledge exchange of Brazil's nutrition expertise with the global community has been ensured through: (a) the production and dissemination of discussion papers; (b) South-South cooperation, learning, and policy dialogue activities; and (c) technical support provided by the center through remote assistance.

3. WFP has supported the establishment and operation of over 15 national SUN Business Networks (SBN), working to harness private sector investments in nutrition across countries and help businesses innovate within the nutrition space. In order to facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas and improve nutrition, one of the activities organized by the SBN is the annual Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Pitch Competition, a platform showcasing nutrition-related investments from small-medium enterprises (SME) that can foster innovation in local food systems and improve the accessibility to nutritious food for all.

4. Since 2013, WFP has scaled up its nutrition assistance for the prevention and treatment of all forms of malnutrition. The total number of children and women receiving nutrition assistance has more than doubled since then, reaching nearly 17 million vulnerable beneficiaries in 2019. WFP has adapted its corporate Emergency Preparedness and Response package to ensure the timely delivery of life-saving nutrition assistance when and where it is most needed.

In order to improve maternal and child nutrition, WFP has continued investing in the generation of evidence on both treatment and prevention of malnutrition in children and women on all continents. The evidence generated has contributed to inform the development of international guidelines to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of nutrition interventions.

5. Since 2013, as part of its commitment to integrate a nutrition-sensitive approach into its nutrition programming, WFP Nutrition has embarked on a multistakeholder process to assess and establish generalized nutrition impact pathways for each of WFPs five main program types: general food assistance, school feeding, food assistance for assets, smallholder agricultural market support (formerly known as Purchase for Progress), and social protection. To outline robust Programme Impact Pathways (PIPs), WFP Nutrition established the Nutrition-Sensitive Working Group (internal to WFP), with members from across program units, and cash transfer and supply chain teams. Together, the group identified opportunities for nutrition integration into WFP programs.

The Nutrition Division, in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), published the WFP Nutrition-Sensitive Programming Guidance in 2017 and developed operational tools such as PIPs and the nutrition integration consultation processes. WFP Nutrition used a multi-pronged approach to roll out the Guidance, and nutrition-sensitive tools and processes to WFP Country Offices. As of 2020, 55 WFP Country Offices have adopted nutrition-sensitive approaches for at least one (if not multiple) programs.

On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course