Menu ENN Search

DFID launches Nutrition Strategy

The Department for International Development (DFID) UK has just launched its new Nutrition Strategy (March 2010). This 20 page document sets out a range of immediate and longer-term measures to reach pregnant women and children under the age of two years in countries with the highest burden of undernutrition. Described as the "critical first 1,000 days from conception", this period is considered the key window in which malnutrition has to be tackled.

DFID will invest in direct interventions known to achieve high impact at low cost, e.g. breastfeeding support, micronutrient supplementation, as well as indirect interventions which tackle underlying causes. Specific attention will be paid to gender equality. The strategy is founded on core guiding principles and has four strategic objectives:

The framework for action is described according to 5 objectives:

Objective 1: Building international support, co-ordination and coherence for action on nutrition globally

Objective 2: Identifying partners, building support and scaling up programmes in partner countries

Objective 3: Ensuring our investments in multiple sectors deliver improved nutrition

Objective 4: Building evidence, demonstrating results

Objective 5: Delivering the strategy

Described under Objective 3, support to emergencies will include investment in increasing capacity for nutrition in countries prone to emergencies. DIFD commit to allocating at least 50% of all new bilateral aid to fragile and conflict affected states and investing 10% of humanitarian response funding in helping to prepare for future crises.

DFID will continue to invest in strengthening the evidence base for humanitarian action, improving coherence in needs assessment initiatives and improving integration of information to benefit consistency and quality. Support to UNICEF to implement the Nutrition Information Project for the Horn of Africa will continue. DFID will also support efforts to include nutritional measurements in food security information systems where they exist, including feeding this information into the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification. DFID will promote improved methods for measuring and monitoring nutritional outcomes, through support to NGOs on evidence and needs assessment during humanitarian response. DFID will support to UNICEF as nutrition cluster lead snd an effective channel for good quality information.

DFID will work with the European Commission (DG ECHO) to ensure that, in emergencies, direct and indirect responses to acute undernutrition are prioritised, and that more nutrition needs are met. DFID will support humanitarian actors to prevent acute undernutrition and achieve Sphere minimum standards for programme coverage. DFID will continue to support WFP to strengthen the nutritional impact of its food assistance and help UNICEF and the nutrition cluster to fill any critical gaps in the nutrition response, such as infant and young child feeding support for women and young children.

Because chronic undernutrition is often very high preceding an emergency, response to the acute situation must maximise impacts on stunting. DFID will seek to make certain that approaches for tackling the chronic problem are strengthened as a result of the humanitarian response through building better connections with longer term development work.

DFID will monitor the implementation of this strategy on an annual basis and boost the organisation's own capacity to deliver it.

For more information and to access the Nutrition Strategy, visit:

Show footnotes

1Dibari. F and Tondeur. M (2010). What is the bioavailability of micronutrients form RUTFs in children affected by SAM. Brainstorming workshop Report. 18th January 2010.

More like this

FEX: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Name: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation Annual income (expenditure) (2011): $73 million (estimated) for year ended 31 August 2012 Website: CEO: Jamie...

FEX: Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim: Promoting a comprehensive nutrition-security approach and organisational culture to enhance nutrition-sensitive programming

By Maureen Gallagher and Julien Morel Maureen Gallagher is Senior Nutrition & Health Advisor with ACF-USA Julien Morel is Senior Nutrition Security and Social Protection...

FEX: Start Network

Name Start Network Address Start Network, c/o Save the Children, 1 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4AR, UK Email Web...

FEX: The REFANI Project in Pakistan: adapting research to a multi-sectoral programme for impact measurement

By Zvia Shwirtz, Bridget Fenn, Riccardo Mioli, Ghulam Murtaza Sangrasi and Maureen Gallagher Zvia Shwirtz is currently the REFANI Communications and Research Uptake Officer,...

FEX: Adolescent nutrition in Mozambique: putting policy into practice

Research By Erin Homiak Erin Homiak MPH is seconded to SETSAN Manica as Nutrition Advisor. Her role is funded by UKaid/DFID. She has been working for Concern Worldwide since...

FEX: Guidance on accountability to affected populations

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) is committed to integrating its commitments on accountability to affected populations (AAP) in the Nutrition in Emergency (NiE) response. As...

FEX: Launch of DfID’s new strategy paper on eliminating hunger

Summary of Publication1 The Department for International Development in the UK (DfID) recently launched a strategy paper (May 2002) 'Eliminating Hunger; Strategy for Achieving...

NEX: SUN and the private sector: Business networks in Nigeria and Niger

Ambarka Youssoufane is ENN's West and Central Africa Knowledge Management Specialist. He observed and summarised the Business Network meetings in Nigeria and...

FEX: Issue 34 Editorial

Issue 34 of Field Exchange has a special focus on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE) and is dedicated to the memory of Tom Marchione. Leading the IFE 'show'...

FEX: Accountability to affected populations: Somalia Nutrition Cluster experiences

By Samson Desie and Meftuh Omer Ismail View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici Samson Desie is a nutrition specialist currently working as...

en-net: Humanitarian Adviser (Public Health) - DFID Pakistan

DFID is urgently seeking a Humanitarian Adviser (Public Health) to work with DFID Pakistan. The selected candidate will need to deploy within the next 2 weeks and remain in...

en-net: Consultant needed for scoping study to inform capacity building and institutionalisation strategy (LinkNCA)

Action contre la Faim is looking for a consultant to undertake a scoping study to inform Link NCA project strategy with regard to sustainable capacity and...

FEX: Humanitarian Response Index (HRI)

Summary of report1 Eight billion dollars was invested in humanitarian relief in 2007. The 2008 Humanitarian Response Index (HRI) Report has been released by DARA (Development...

FEX: Experiences of multi-sector programming in Malawi

By Felix Pensulo Phiri Lisez cet article en français ici Felix Pensulo Phiri is Director of Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, Ministry of Health,...

FEX: Promoting an integrated famine prevention package: Breaking bottlenecks

Summary of the report of the global Food Security and Nutrition Cluster meeting, 26 April 2017 at World Food Programme HQ, Rome The global Food Security Cluster (FSC) and...

FEX: Methodological challenges for operational research in the humanitarian context

By Stephanie Stern and Melchior de Roquemaurel Stephanie Stern leads the Action Against Hunger LAB project which aims to reinforce the impact and uptake of knowledge. Before...

FEX: Integrating OTP into routine health services CONCERN’s experiences

By Emily Mates Emily Mates is a public health professional with a focus in nutrition. She recently left Concern Worldwide, Ethiopia where she worked for many years in...

en-net: Associate Director Investments

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time (37.5 per week)
Location: Central London with a requirement to travel internationally (approximately 6 weeks/year)

FEX: From cluster to Nutrition Sector coordination: Government leadership in coordination for effective nutrition emergency response in Borno State, Nigeria

By Maureen L Gallagher, Kirathi Reuel Mungai, Ladi Linda Ezike and Dr Helni Mshelia View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici Maureen L. Gallagher...

FEX: Action Against Hunger Research for Nutrition conference, 2017

By Miriam Ait-Aissa and Stephanie Stern Myriam Ait-Aissa is currently Head of Research and Analyses at Action Against Hunger - France (Action contre la Faim). She has been...


Reference this page

DFID launches Nutrition Strategy. Field Exchange 38, April 2010. p20.



Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.