GAIN Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition – “Making markets work to improve the consumption of nutritious and healthy food”

Project completed

Poor diets - too little food, too much food, or the wrong combinations of foods - are the number-one risk factor for ill health. What people eat depends on what is available on the market as well as accessible, affordable and desirable to consume. SDC supports the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a Swiss-based foundation, in facilitating the voluntary engagement of businesses in low and middle income countries to improve the consumption of nutritious and healthy foods, particularly among the vulnerable and poor.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Basic nutrition
SME development
01.12.2018 - 31.12.2021
CHF  4’000’000

Multiple forms of malnutrition exist in all regions and in all income groups. Undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, overweight and obesity occur in parallel, often even within families. A major cause of malnutrition is that global food systems are failing to keep us all fed, let alone healthy.

There are several reasons for the failure of food systems: Nutrition solutions or investments remain to a large degree in the public sector and, even more narrowly, within the health sector. They do not leverage a food system largely driven by businesses, entrepreneurs, and consumers. Relationship between governments, NGOs and food businesses are marked by mistrust and lack of understanding and therefore prevent productive new solutions from surfacing.

Finding ways to ensure businesses are offering more nutritious and better quality food, make it affordable and accessible is essential for reaching SDG 2 and the aim of this program.

Objectives To improve nutrition outcomes for the poor in low and middle income countries through market based solutions in the food system
Target groups

Ultimate beneficiaries:

Vulnerable and poor women, men and children in low and middle income countries 

Direct beneficiaries:

Policy makers, Businesses and Development partners



Medium-term outcomes
  1. Improved enabling environment for engagement and accountability motivates and facilitates more productive public-private engagements in nutrition
  2. Evidence of what works in public-private engagements is used by stakeholders to design and implement effective nutrition actions

Expected results:  

  1. Tool developed to enable governments to create an easier environment for companies to do business in nutrition
  2. Global Register of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) established and maintained on Knowledge Hub and principles of engagement endorsed
  3. New national accountability tool for businesses developed and widely used
  4. Published tools and approaches on ways of generating demand for good nutrition amongst consumers with limited purchasing power
  5. Systemic constraints in supply chains identified and disseminated
  6. An easily navigable in-demand Hub that meets the knowledge, evidence, and information needs of stakeholders






Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation

Other partners

ATNI, Dalberg, Quantum, System1, John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, Tufts University, The Global Knowledge Institute, Shornokishoree Network Foundation

Donors: Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Coordination with other projects and actors Sustainable Nutrition for all (7F-09160.02), SUN Movement support by SDC (F7-08266.02), Global RECAP – Promoting healthy diet and physical activity (7F-09879.01)
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’885’000
Project phases Phase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2027   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)