Nutrition for Growth Commitments: Executive Summary

On 8 June 2013 at a Nutrition for Growth Event, this compact was endorsed by 90 stakeholders (made up of partners, businesses, scientific and civil society groups) which commits to:

  • Improve the nutrition of 500 million pregnant women and young children
  • Reduce the number of under-fives who are stunted by an further 20 million\
  • Save the lives of at least 1.7 million children by preventing stunting, increasing breastfeeding and better treatment of severe and acute malnutrition

It also secured:

  • Financial commitments by donors, philanthropy and CSOs included new commitments of up to £2.7 billion to tackle under-nutrition up to 2020
  • An estimated £12.5 billion for improved nutrition outcomes from nutrition sensitive investments in agriculture, social protection and water, sanitation and hygiene
  • A pledge from 27 businesses to improve the nutrition, and consequently the productivity and health, of over 927,000 members of their workforces in more than 80 countries
  • New partnerships between business and science to research new solutions and scale effective technologies
  • Commitments from 14 governments to scale up their national nutrition plans, and many announced targets for reductions in stunting.

The UK promised a total of £655m for nutrition specific programme spend, which includes a £375m core offer (a tripling of 2010 levels), and the remainder for leveraging others. We also committed on nutrition sensitive programmes. All of this means a step change for us on nutrition, with significant new money to scale up nutrition programmes both specific and nutrition–sensitive.

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