USAID Announces Commitment to Combat Malnutrition and Safeguard the Lives of Women and Children at Nutrition for Growth Summit

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Ending hunger and malnutrition at home and around the world is consequential. If we do nothing today, food insecurity will loom as an even larger and bigger threat tomorrow. You're fostering a world that is more just and peaceful.

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President Biden, January 20, 2021

On December 7 and 8, the Government of Japan will host the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit. This year’s virtual summit represents an unprecedented opportunity to set the world on a path to end malnutrition, in particular for women, infants and young children. The world is off track to achieve the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This is the third Nutrition for Growth Summit to be held since 2013.

The goal of the Summit is to galvanize commitments from governments, civil society, the private sector, donors, and United Nations agencies to strengthen the systems we rely on to deliver good nutrition to families around the world. Participants are encouraged to make data-driven financial, policy, and programmatic commitments covering one or more of three focus areas identified by the Government of Japan as critical to achieving our goals: Health, Food, and Resilience.

The United States has historically been a global leader in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. This year the USG is poised to make a number of bold commitments to advance investments and action in global nutrition.

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Sponsored Side Events

  • November 17: Nutrition for Growth Side event: Data Commitments (recording)

  • November 18: Unleashing the Full Power of Large-scale Food Fortification: A Renewed Commitment (recording)

  • November 22: Multisectoral Collaboration in Action: Practical insights into addressing malnutrition through a multisectoral approach (recording)

  • November 30: Launch of US Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2.0 (recording)

  • November 30: Powering Women - Promising Futures (recording)

  • November 30: Nutrition During the Next 7000 Thousand Days of Life: Middle Childhood & Adolescence

  • December 1: Nutritious Foods Financing Facility, a Blended finance approach to Strengthening the Backbone of Healthy Food Systems (recording)

  • December 2: Accountability for Action: Breaking down barriers to strong commitment-making

  • December 2: Reducing child undernutrition: lessons from international development (recording)

  • December 6: Revolutionizing Nutrition Financing (recording)

  • December 6: Breaking the cycle of hunger and malnutrition: Pathways to healthy diets in fragile contexts

Nutrition for Growth Resources


USAID Stories of Impact

Nutrition for Growth through the Years

  • In 2013, the first Nutrition for Growth Summit was organized with leadership from the UK government. This was the first time that the global nutrition community came together to galvanize increased financial commitments to nutrition. The Summit brought together more than 100 stakeholders who committed to preventing at least 20 million children from being stunted and to save at least 1.7 million lives by 2020. Donors over $4 billion in new funding to tackle undernutrition, and $19 billion in complementary nutrition-sensitive investments between 2013 and 2020.

    Here, the USG made a financial commitment of $1.096 billion for nutrition-specific interventions and $8.919 billion for nutrition-sensitive activities over three years.

  • In 2017, at the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan, governments, civil society organizations, private philanthropies, and the private sector made financial and policy commitments.

    The USG also participated in the 2017 Summit, during which the USG made programmatic commitments to build the evidence-base on nutrition innovations and strengthen nutrition metrics, build local capacity to improve nutrition, and foster collaboration to promote effective investments that deliver the biggest impact.

  • In 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Japan agreed to postpone the summit to 2021 and transition to a “Year of Action”, which was launched on December 14th, 2020. At the December kick off event, a range of governments including Canada, Bangladesh, Japan, Guatemala, Nigeria, Pakistan and Senegal pledged more than $3 billion in financing commitments or re-commitments.

    The USG is looking forward to announcing our new commitments on December 7, 2021.

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