Top donors to nutrition programs

A health worker conducts an awareness-raising session on nutrition at the Dafort Health Center in Mauritania, as part of a program supported by the European Commission. Photo by: Sylvain Cherkaoui / DfID / ECHO / ACF / CC BY-ND

In 2012, the World Health Assembly endorsed global targets to improve maternal and child nutrition by 2025. These targets were integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals, where nutrition feeds into 12 of the 17 SDGs, as well as dozens of indicators used to track them.

Even before the SDGs were finalized, the international development community pursued several key initiatives on nutrition.

The 2013 Nutrition for Growth event, or N4G, held in London was a major step toward supporting country-owned efforts to improve child nutrition. During the event, donors pledged $4.15 billion for nutrition-specific and $19 billion for nutrition-sensitive programs.

The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, a global drive to emphasize the importance of nutrition to a child's first 1,000 days, is a prominent campaign to facilitate collective action between donors, civil society, the private sector and developing countries.

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    Patricia Sarmenta is a development analyst at Devex’ surveys and advisory services team. She contributes to custom research projects and surveys commissioned by leading companies and development institutions. Patricia has a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of the Philippines, as well as degrees in sociology, global politics and cultural heritage from Ateneo de Manila University.