THE UK DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us focusing on children under the age of five - who are undernourished or at risk of becoming so - and their mothers. DFID has a globally recognised and effective nutrition programme. It has played a key role in mobilising the global community to combat undernutrition and in setting the global agenda. DFID started scaling up its nutrition work in 2010 representing as well nutrition-specific projects that seek to combat undernutrition directly (through health interventions) as nutrition-sensitive ones that do so indirectly (through investments in food security, sanitation and hygiene and social welfare). DFID’s work is based on strong evidence but greater focus is needed on interventions that will maximise impacts on stunting in the local context.