2003 World Health Organization (WHO) provided the “Infant and Young Child Feeding: A tool for assessing national practices, policy and programmes”. A year later in 2004, the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) launched the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) adapting the questionnaire from the WHO’s tool  to assess and monitor key breastfeeding policies and programmes based on the framework of action of the Global Strategy for infant and Young Child Feeding. The tool has been adapted based on the feedback from countries in all regions including Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

The WBTi assessment results in a national report and report card of each country on national practices, policy and programmes indicators. Further WBTi objectively scores each indicator on a maximum score of 10, and provides colour codes e.g. Red, Yellow, Blue and Green in ascending order of performance based on level of achievement.

As a initiative WBTi seeks to involve all stakeholders, while avoiding conflicts of interest, working on infant and young child feeding, including governments and NGOs. It is highly participatory since the participants collect information, analyze the findings, locate gaps, and take action based on the results. In the process, the participants develop networking skills, investigative techniques and monitoring and reporting methods.


WBTi Brochure Download


Year : 2018-2022

  • Project Proposal: Galvanising Action to Increase Breastfeeding Rates Worldwide by Fostering National Alliances / Partnerships

Proposal Summary                                   Full Proposal

Support Letter from WHO Geneva

Support Letter from UNICEF New York

List of WBTi Countries and others

Year : 2008- 2017

  • Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) 
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(Norad)


Year : 2003 – 2008

  • Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) 
  • Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation (DGIS)

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