Food: Security and Nutrition

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th June 2013.

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Photo of Lord Cameron of Dillington Lord Cameron of Dillington Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the IDA17 negotiations, they will encourage the World Bank to raise the issue of nutrition in discussions with governments, for example in the Country Partnership Strategies, so that enhanced food security and nutrition are integrated alongside traditional economic indicators such as growth of gross domestic product.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

DFID has been working closely with the World Bank and, at the recent Nutrition for Growth event the Bank committed itself almost to triple its expenditure on nutrition to $600m in 2013-14. The Bank Group will also step up technical and analytical support to countries with the greatest prevalence of stunting or underweight children, and add stunting as a new indicator on the Bank Group’s Corporate Scorecard.

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