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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

UK, amongst top donors for reducing undernutrition

UK is performing better than most other developed nations over the past decade at meeting its overseas aid spending commitments on ending undernutrition, new research by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) shows.
However, the UK scores poorly compared to some countries on funding for food security and nutrition programmes relative to its wealth. Other countries that ranked highly overall were Canada, Denmark, Germany and Ireland.
The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) – developed by the IDS - has ranked the UK with the highest overall score out of 23 OECD members despite its overseas aid spending on nutrition programmes accounting for a lower proportion of its wealth than countries like Denmark and Canada.
Launched on 5th June, HANCI's Donor Index measures a wide range of factors to determine overall political commitment of donor countries to tackling hunger and undernutrition. These include the amount of aid given for agriculture, food security and nutrition and policies and treaties that could impact on hunger and nutrition levels in poor countries.
HANCI has been produced by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with funding from Irish Aid and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).
The IDC is a global charity for international development research, teaching and communications.

Source: IDC