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Overseas Aid: Nutrition

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what spending priority areas his Department’s Nutritional Task Team have established for 2009-10. (277137)

As a result of the findings of the Nutrition Task Team, the Department for International Development (DFID) is strengthening its capacity and setting up permanent capacity, in London and in selected country offices, to help respond to the ongoing global nutrition crisis. We will be publishing a new nutrition strategy in the autumn. Key priorities will be to: build international support, co-ordination and coherence; scale-up programmes in selected partner countries; strengthen DFID capacity to increase and track nutrition impact and spend; and build evidence and demonstrate results.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what budget his Department has allocated to its nutrition task team for 2009-10. (277138)

The nutrition team for 2009-10 is being put in place now. We expect two full-time staff to start work shortly in London, supported by staff from country offices allocating a proportion of their time. We will ensure that the team has the resources it needs to develop a sound strategy. This will help provide the basis for making further resource allocation decisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries his Department's nutrition task team has worked with in 2009 to date. (277145)

We will work with countries where the burden of malnutrition is most severe, and where the Department for International Development (DFID) has comparative advantage within a division of labour with other donors. Initial work is under way in India and Bangladesh where we have focal advisers in place and leading nutrition agendas.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which contribution his Department's nutrition task team is making to the achievement of Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals. (277146)

Nutrition is a foundation for the attainment of all the Millennium Development Goals. We recognise that progress towards the MDG 1c indicator to halve the rates of under-nutrition in children under five years by 2015 remains severely off-track. Our work on nutrition is directly aimed to help focus the Department's efforts on MDG 1c.