New resources committed at the Year of Action launch event aim to close the gap in nutrition financing. To date, N4G mobilization efforts have generated unprecedented and impactful commitments to improve global nutrition. Here is a full list of new commitments grouped by Country Commitments, Multilateral Commitments, and NGO/CSO Commitments
Bangladesh commits to continued investments to ensure good provision of better services, utilizing a lifecycle approach. Bangladesh will: expand and invest in community-based nutrition services, especially infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and community-based management of acute malnutrition, vitamin A supplementation and de-worming programs; and large-scale food fortification. Bangladesh will strengthen education programs, offering counseling services for adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating mothers, and will continue to provide food and financial support to families through the COVID-19 pandemic via social safety net programs, and ensure implementation of its six months paid maternity leave policy for all sectors.
Canada is pledging CAD$520 million for nutrition-specific investments over the next five years to address acute malnutrition and the underlying determinants of malnutrition. The funding will include up to CAD$280 million for Nutrition International, a Canadian international non-governmental organization, to provide life-saving nutrition interventions for pregnant women, adolescents and children under 5; humanitarian interventions; and proven, high-impact interventions with the greatest potential to drive down malnutrition. The funding commitment also includes programming that directly responds to COVID-19’s impacts on nutrition for the most vulnerable as part of the CAD$1.1 billion in funding committed by the Government of Canada since February 2020.
Guatemala commits to working with all sectors to implement its Grand National Crusade for Nutrition, its national strategy to prevent all forms of malnutrition, and commits to reducing stunting by seven percent by 2023.
Nigeria commits to: sustaining funding for the implementation of ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF) through 2023; and review nutrition-related policies including the National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition, the national policy on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and other guidelines to incorporate new and emerging issues on nutrition by next year. Nigeria will also provide a basic package of healthcare including incorporation of nutrition into PHC by 2023 and create a dashboard to track and monitor progress by 2022.
The Government of Pakistan re-affirmed its commitment made in November of 350 billion rupees (US$2.18 billion) over next five years to address malnutrition and stunting. The programming will target 30 percent of the population, 70 million people; including 15 million women of reproductive age and 3.9 million children under two.
Senegal commits to scaling up high impact nutrition interventions and increasing the level of investments in nutrition from the national budget.
UNICEF commits to securing an annual investment of at least US$700 million in nutrition programs for children, adolescents and women – in each year of UNICEF’s forthcoming Strategic Plan (2022-25). UNICEF also commits to mobilize an additional US$800 million in the coming year to accelerate global efforts for the prevention, early detection and treatment of child wasting as part of the agenda on the Global Action Plan on Child Wasting. UNICEF will accelerate nutrition results at scale through the launch of UNICEF’s Nutrition Strategy 2020-2030, which will be rolled out and implemented in more than 130 countries and will reach at least 500 million children, adolescents and women.
- World Bank commits $500 million Early Response Financing from the IDA19 Crisis Response Window, to be targeted to countries facing food insecurity crises, of which nutrition issues are an important part;
- An IBRD Sustainable Development Bond for nutrition and human capital recently issued by the World Bank Treasury, which is a key step in raising the profile of nutrition among private sector partners outside the food sector;
- A continued commitment to addressing gender gaps in our nutrition operations and strategies, including through smart intervention designs, analysis, M&E and differentiating the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on men and women.
By 2030, Nutrition International commits to working in support of governments and partners to:
- Prevent at least 4.4 million cases of stunting – giving children the right start and increasing the impact of global investments in education, health and economic growth.
- Prevent at least 60 million cases of anemia – driving global focus and action on a neglected issue that heavily impacts women, adolescent girls and children.
- Provide and coordinate the global supply of vitamin A capsules, ensuring at least 150 million children a year receive two doses of life-saving vitamin A.
World Vision International
World Vision commits US$500 million of private funding over the next five years to tackle malnutrition, as well as an additional $700 million of nutrition grant-funded programs. Of the $500 million, $175 million is nutrition-specific (35%). By 2025, this investment will reach more than 1 million women and children to prevent malnutrition.