REACH Tanzania began operations in 2011. Undernutrition is still highly prevalent in Tanzania: according to FAO, more than 30% of children under five years are affected by chronic malnutrition (stunting). In the Southern zone prevalence surpasses 50%.


REACH objectives

  1. Support for national multisectoral coordination, including technical advice for establishing and supporting a high-level coordination mechanism, restructuring national technical coordination, and reviewing the institutional arrangements for nutrition according to the Government of Tanzania's priorities and needs. Facilitating the role of the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center in supporting the High Level Nutrition Steering Committee. 

  2. Collaborate with government counterparts to develop the District Nutritional Planning and Budgeting assessment tool.

  3. Support to national sector planning for Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Education, Community Development and Social Protection to develop and operationalise coherent nutrition-sensitive programmatic approaches with well-defined intersectoral linkages. 

  4. In the short term, planning to develop a framework for harmonizing the nutrition-related information systems with the food security information systems, including the WHO-supported Health Monitoring Information System (HMIS), the FAO-supported food security and nutrition system (MUCHALI) and the WFP-planned nutritional surveillance system for food insecure areas. In addition, support the development of a 1000 days monitoring/tracking tool, capitalizing on new technologies (e.g. data entry through mobile phones).

  5. Support to define a common advocacy strategy and plan for nutrition within the REACH partner UN Agencies. Initial focus areas include the endorsement of the National Nutrition Strategy, recruitment of nutrition officers at district and regional level, and mobilization of resources for nutrition.


  1. Supported the finalization of the Tanzania National Nutrition Strategy Implementation Plan, and advocated with key Ministry officials for the endorsement of the Plan.

  2. Supported the WHO Landscape analysis, a systematic approach to assessing where to invest and how to best invest to accelerate action in nutrition.
    Summary and recommendations are available in the WHO website at Landscape Analysis: Country Assessment in Tanzania.

  3. Developed, together with government counterparts, a tool for district nutritional planning and budgeting assessment.

  4. Supported Tanzania in the preparation of the SUN report and coordinated inputs from development partners.


© WFP 2012

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Poverty & nutrition facts

  • 34% of population lives below the poverty line
  • 42.6% of children under 5 are stunted
  • 5% of children under 5 are wasted
  • 5% of children under 5 are underweight

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