The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report shows that without significantly increased efforts the world will fall far short of achieving the target of eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030.
The international community needs to do more. My ministerial colleagues are discussing opportunities for scaled-up and improved global interventions, including the German-initiated proposal for a SDG2 moment in 2020, and are supporting the Government of Japan in its preparations for the 2020 Nutrition for Growth Summit.
The UK is playing its part through its substantial portfolio of humanitarian support and longer-term responses to tackling chronic hunger and malnutrition and supporting food security. Since the release of its 2017 Nutrition Position Paper, the Department for International Development (DFID) has focused on meaningfully integrating nutrition across relevant aspects of its portfolio, particularly health, agriculture, social protection, humanitarian, and economic development. DFID also advocates for other international partners to integrate nutrition, including UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the World Bank.
Furthermore, DFID is a strong supporter of the World Food Programme (WFP), providing over £445 million of funding in 25 countries across the world in 2018. The UK's contributions support critical, life-saving work in countries such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo and those of the Sahel. The UK is currently the agency's fourth-largest donor and a member of its executive board. The WFP is one of the UK's main humanitarian partners, with a strong mandate to fight hunger and provide food assistance.
It is crucial that the UK continues to make a significant contribution towards international efforts to eradicate world hunger and malnutrition, and I will continue to support these efforts.