At a glance

How much funding is available?

Quantifying donors’ investments for nutrition is difficult. Key partners, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, are working together to develop a common methodology and ‘policy marker’ for nutrition.

There are two main types of nutrition programming; ‘nutrition-specific ’ interventions are those with the primary objective of improving nutrition, whereas ‘nutrition-sensitive ’ interventions address broader, underlying causes of malnutrition. Based on the OECD’s sector code for basic nutrition, official donors spent US$987 million in funding for nutrition-specific interventions in 2017, a 13%-increase from 2016 that followed four years of stagnation.

The Global Nutrition Report 2018 found that 13 donors reported a total of US$6.1 billion in nutrition-sensitive investments in 2016.

Deep dive general - Nutrition

For further details on methodology, see our Donor Tracker Codebook.

Who are the top donor countries?                                                          

The largest DAC donor countries funding basic nutrition interventions are the UK (US$188 million), the US (US$151 million), Canada (US$94 million), and Germany (US$20 million).