In 2013, a country delegation comprised of the SUN government focal point (former Chief of Cabinet) and the UNICEF and WFP Country Representatives, representing the five REACH agencies (IFAD, FAO, WFP, WHO and UNICEF), met with the REACH Secretariat and expressed strong interest in receiving REACH support for scaling up nutrition in Burundi.A REACH exploratory mission followed in June 2013 to define how the UN agencies could come together in support of the SUN Movement. A consultant was hired one month later to spearhead the REACH approach.

The REACH agencies have managed to pool funding, enabling them to recruit a National Facilitator in December 2013. The REACH Facilitator is based at the SUN Secretariat under the Second Vice-Presidency's Office. These institutional arrangements have fostered complementarity between REACH and SUN, with REACH engagement focusing on the below objectives


Burundi Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the nutrition situation and build consensus on the best strategies and priorities for improvement amongst relevant stakeholders;
  • Reinforce national nutrition policies, plans and programmes which integrate and operationalize key nutrition actions through a multi-sectoral approach;
  • Strengthen all levels of human and institutional capacity on nutrition actions, including those of key ministries;
  • Increase effectiveness and accountability amongst stakeholders concerned with the implementation and support of actions.


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Poverty & nutrition facts

  • 66.9% of population lives under national poverty line (WDID 2006)
  • 48.8% of children under 5 are stunted (CFSVA-SMART 2014)
  • 5.5% of children under 5 are wasted (CFSVA-SMART 2014)
  • 25.2% of children under 5 are underweight (CFSVA-SMART 2014)