REACH – Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and undernutrition

July 9, 2014

The Initiative offers practical and effective approaches to reducing under-nutrition in the most heavily burdened countries focusing on five priority interventions areas. REACH starts with the overall objective of reducing child malnutrition and puts the child at the center, bringing partners together to each contribute to delivering a joint, coordinated solution.

REACH was established in 2008 by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist governments of countries with a high burden of child and maternal undernutrition to accelerate the scale-up of food and nutrition actions. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) later joined REACH, extending an advisory role at the global level. REACH was originally meant to strengthen UN efforts towards ending poverty and hunger by 2015, the first of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals. Yet, its action spans beyond 2015 as hunger remains a problem, and nutrition issues will be given an even stronger emphasis after 2015.


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