© UNICEF / Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin
© UNICEF / Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin



REACH was established in 2008 by FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, and was later joined by IFAD as an advisor. REACH is a country support mechanism for improving nutrition governance, which works in close collaboration with nutrition coordination structures and SUN Networks, including the UN Network. With nearly ten years of experience in over twenty countries, REACH has acquired considerable expertise and continually refined its approach to be best adapted to the evolving nutrition landscape and country contexts.

Its neutral facilitators provide tailored capacity strengthening for effectively managing well-coordinated, participative,
multi-sectoral nutrition processes. Some key aspects of this work include:

coach of individuals

day-to-day coaching of individuals, who are leading transformative change on nutrition

complex nutrition

tracking the 
complex nutrition
stakeholder landscape 



 networking and knowledge-brokering to make knowledge more accessible to those working in nutrition

at the country level

How to initiate REACH support

Various factors are taken into account when determining where to roll-out REACH. These include: 

SUN process markers

Consideration to country performance on SUN process markers


Insights from the UN Network in-country, the SUN Movement Secretariat and donors to further ascertain potential interest for REACH support

SUN Focal Point

Affirmed expression of interest by the SUN Focal Point and the country UN Network


Confirmed REACH funding

Exploratory mission

Exploratory mission, led by the UN Network for SUN Secretariat, to agree upon the REACH modalities of engagement


The REACH Theory of Change outlines the pathways through which it contributes to greater nutrition goals. Annual reports are available, highlighting key REACH achievements at the country and global levels. Further information about the performance of REACH, including its effectiveness, efficiency and added value, is captured in various evaluation documents. These independent evaluations also explored the factors affecting performance, the sustainability of REACH and the extent to which it addresses cross-cutting issues such as equity and gender.