Action is urgently needed to tackle the global crisis of malnutrition. Each year, malnutrition claims the lives of almost 3 million children, robs over 2 billion people of their health and wellbeing, and costs the global economy over $3 trillion in lost productivity and health care costs.
For too long, the world has gravely underinvested in proven solutions to this pervasive problem. In fact, on average, countries spend about two percent of their domestic budgets on nutrition and donors allocate less than 1% of total development assistance on the high-impact nutrition programs that save lives and boost economic growth. But the tide has started to turn.
Nutrition for Growth represents an opportunity for governments, investors, civil society organizations and citizens to come together to invest in solutions to improve nutrition for the world’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens. It is a platform for governments and other partners to make high-impact commitments to end malnutrition in all its forms, and to ensure brighter and more prosperous futures.
Nutrition for Growth is kicking off the Decade of Action on Nutrition by mobilizing new, specific and measurable commitments geared towards realizing the Decade of Action’s vision and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Assembly global nutrition targets. Throughout the year, Nutrition for Growth will invite stakeholders to make new financial and policy commitments at a series of high-level events, culminating in a celebration in Italy in the Fall.
The World Bank Group and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development will be shining a Spotlight on Nutrition when Finance Ministers from around the world gather at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK MEETING, Ahmedabad, India
May 27-28, 2017
This meeting presents an opportunity for African countries to showcase efforts to improve nutrition as a key driver of economic development. Nutrition will feature prominently at the meetings with a high-level plenary session on the African Leaders for Nutrition on May 22nd.
G7, Taormina, Italy
May 22-26, 2017
As President of the G7 in 2017, Italy is developing an initiative on food security and nutrition, known as the Taormina Initiative, which seeks to build on the vision of previous G7 Summits and call for action.