Nutrition

18-Oct-2019

Angola: African Development Bank approves $1 million grant to children’s food and nutrition security programs

The African Development Bank has approved a grant of $1 million to boost a children’s food and nutrition security program in Bié province in Angola. The resources are from a special relief fund to the government of Angola, in response to a prevailing drought that has caused severe malnutrition. The grant was approved on 23 September. During the third quarter of 2018, the food security unit under Angola’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forests collaborated with World Vision and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation to conduct a food and nutrition security household assessment in the...
25-Sep-2019

UN General Assembly 2019: Scaling Up Nutrition Lead Group meets to chart way forward

“Energy, passion and a lot of young people who care about nutrition” will underpin the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement’s newest phase, alongside stronger private sector engagement, members of the Lead Group heard on Tuesday. The meeting of the group’s leaders took place at the UNICEF headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The participants met to decide on the continuation of the SUN Movement into its third phase (2021-2025) and to make commitments to achieve its key objective – to eliminate all forms of malnutrition by 2030. The SUN Movement was...
25-Sep-2019

Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group Meeting, New York, September 24, 2019

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   I wish to thank the UN Secretary General António Guterres, for appointing me as a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Leadership Group. There’s nothing more important than helping to end malnutrition and stunting in the world. Malnutrition limits human abilities, productivity and life expectancy. Stunting impairs the brain, diminishing cognitive ability. And stunting hurts economic growth. Stunted children today will lead to stunted economies tomorrow. We must see ending stunting as building “grey matter infrastructure...
30-Aug-2019

TICAD7: Invest in Africa’s food markets to win the war on hunger and boost nutrition – African Development Bank

Yokohama, Japan 30 August 2019 – By investing in Africa’s food markets, governments can win the fight against stunting and improve nutrition across the continent. And with support from institutions like the African Development Bank, the results would be a win-win situation for all. “What a huge potential the food markets represent. “Feed Africa,” which is one of the Bank’s High 5 priorities, has nutrition at its core,” Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke said Thursday at a panel discussion on day two of the 7th Tokyo International Conference...
08-Jul-2019

African Development Bank Adesina invites Madagascar President Rajoelina to become a Nutrition Champion

On a recent trip to the island nation of Madagascar, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina invited Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina to become a Nutrition Champion and join the fight against stunting on the continent. The call came as the two toured the newly renovated districts of Tsaramasay, Ankorondrano Andrefana and Ankorondrano Andranomahery, among the most disadvantaged areas around the capital Antananarivo. Adesina also attended an inauguration ceremony for the re-opening of the districts. Following major rehabilitation undertaken by the government, life has...
27-Jun-2019

African Development Bank sensitizes regional Staff on Nutrition

The African Development Bank hosted a sensitization session on “Banking on Nutrition” for staff from the West and Central Africa offices at its headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on 24 June 2019. The event involved representatives from partner organizations specialized in the nutrition field such as Nutrition International, which provided technical support and developed a capacity building toolkit on nutrition for Bank staff. The “Banking on Nutrition” program was also supported by Big Win Philanthropy and the Aliko Dangote Foundation.   Jennifer Blanke, Bank Vice President...
20-May-2019

Burkina Faso: President Kaboré receives mission roadmap from the African Leaders for Nutrition

The president of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, is now officially a champion of the "African Leaders for Nutrition" (ALN) initiative, after being presented with his mission plan on Thursday 16 May by the African Development Bank's Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, Oley Dibba-Wadda. The ceremony took place in the presidential palace of Kosyam, in Ouagadougou, attended by Pascal Yembiline, the Bank's Country Director for Burkina Faso and other officials. "I would like to extend my thanks to the African Development Bank and to its president...
15-May-2019

Burkina Faso: African Development Bank welcomes new nutrition champion, President Kaboré

The African Development Bank will this week welcome a new African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) champion. A Bank mission is visiting Burkina Faso from 14 to 17 May 2019 to induct President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré into the ALN. The mission will use the occasion to present ALN’s progress and agree on a common nutrition roadmap for 2019-2020. The mission will be led by Oley Dibba-Wadda, director of human capital, youth and skills development. Kaboré has been a leading advocate in the fight against malnutrition. In September 2018, he painted a bleak picture of the nutrition situation in...
29-Apr-2019

African Union and African Development Bank to co-host launch of “African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) Accountability Scorecard

The African Union, His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho, the African Development Bank, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners, will launch the African Leaders For Nutrition (ALN) Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard on Monday 11 February 2019. The event, under the theme “A Call for Better Advocacy and Accountability for Nutrition Investments,” will be chaired by His Majesty King Letsie III and African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. The Continental Nutrition...
12-Apr-2019

South Sudan: Thousands receive food, thanks to Emergency Response project supported by the African Development Bank, WFP

Thousands of people in South Sudan have received relief from a food security project which is addressing the nation’s severe food and nutrition needs. The South Sudan Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) was launched in December last year by the government with a $43.57 million grant from the African Development Bank. The World Food Programme is implementing the project. To date, WFP has succeeded in procuring 8,500 MT of food, representing about 85 percent of the planned food procurement under this project. Food has been delivered to over 175,000 beneficiaries - more...
20-Feb-2019

African Development Bank and partners unite in major push against malnutrition −‘the silent killer’

Did you know that every $1 invested in nutrition generates as much as $138 in better health and increased productivity? The evidence is clear: improving nutrition boosts personal health as well as economic health. Africa has 20 of the 24 countries with stunting rates of over 40%. This includes Antonio, a little boy from Madagascar, whose story amplifies the urgency of action. The African Development Bank financed a major irrigation project for rice and its President, Akinwumi Adesina, had visited. Excitedly, several kids from the village rushed to where the delegation was, curious to...
11-Feb-2019

African Union Commission and African Development Bank launch scorecard to track nutrition progress

The African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and global partners today launched the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard to raise awareness and reinforce commitments by African governments to help end malnutrition. His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho and African Union Champion for Nutrition, and Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank co-hosted the scorecard launch on the sidelines of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
10-Feb-2019

“Corruption does not invest in the future, it kills the future.” – Akinwumi Adesina, at World Peace Summit of Global leaders

“We are working hard with governments to improve transparency, governance, accountability and project delivery across the continent. Corruption does not invest in the future, it kills the future,” Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank said at the World Peace Summit of Global Leaders. According to the World Economic Forum, an estimated $116 billion a year would be required to feed the world and end hunger. It would also take $8.5 billion a year to eliminate malaria. “That's only 0.28% of what's lost to corruption globally every year,” said Adesina. “It...
08-Feb-2019

African Union Summit: Packed schedule on pressing issues awaits African Development Bank President

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina is expected in Addis Ababa on Sunday, 10 February to take part in the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Adesina, who is leading a high-level Bank delegation comprising the senior vice-president and sector directors, will co-chair, with His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, the launch of the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard. The event, “A Call for Better Advocacy and Accountability for Nutrition Investments...
04-Dec-2018

African Development Bank, Big Win Philanthropy, Dangote Foundation launch ambitious plan to improve child nutrition, fight stunting

Working with Big Win Philanthropy and Aliko Dangote Foundation, the African Development Bank has unveiled a new Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan that aims at raising investments towards reducing stunting by 40% in African children aged under 5 by 2025. Africa loses $25 billion per year in costs attributed to child morbidity and mortality, impaired cognitive, physical, and economic development caused by malnutrition. Yet these losses are almost entirely preventable. The ambitious Action Plan is looking for additional support and commitments from governments for nutrition. Jennifer...
13-Sep-2018

Lesotho’s King Letsie III reaffirms African Leaders for Nutrition Champion role

His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho made a commitment to mobilize and engage with African Heads of State and Finance Ministers to rally behind the African Leaders for Nutrition initiative in the upcoming African Union Summit in January 2019. The announcement follows a joint visit of African Development Bank Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, Oley Dibba-Wadda and African Union Commission Head of Health Nutrition and Population, Department of Social Affairs, Margaret Agama-Anyetei to the Kingdom of Lesotho.  “Our joint efforts with the African...
21-May-2018

New champion joins forces with African Leaders for Nutrition

The African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative aims to mobilize political action and leadership for nutrition in Africa by building a high-level forum that strengthens government policies and financial commitment to end malnutrition. It is part of eight flagship programs launched under the African Development Bank High 5 priorities that include “Feed Africa” and “Improve the quality of life for the people of African”. As part of this effort, the African Development Bank welcomes Howarth Bouis to the ALN to address the pervasive challenge of micronutrient malnutrition. Well known for...
27-Apr-2018

African Development Bank launches “Say No to Famine” project in Somalia

The African Development Bank’s Deputy Director General for East Africa, Nnenna Nwabufo, represented the institution at the launch of the Say No to Famine – Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) for Somalia. As a response to food security, the Bank has supported the people of Somalia, mobilizing approximately US $34 million (25 million Units of Account), from both the Transition Support Facility of the African Development Fund and the regional envelope. The STRERP project aims to provide emergency food assistance, fodder for pastoralists and medical supplies to about 800,...
15-Mar-2018

African Development Bank commends Japan’s multi-billion-dollar support for Africa’s economic transformation

The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has commended the Government of Japan for its strong support of the Bank and its multi-billion economic transformation partnership with Africa. Adesina identified the private sector, energy and infrastructure development as key sectors that have benefited from Japan’s support. Speaking at the Nobel Prize Dialogue in Yokohama as a global expert on food, agriculture and development, Adesina highlighted huge business opportunities for Japanese investment in the agribusiness sector. He also emphasized the strategic importance of...
05-Mar-2018

Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa, writes Kofi Annan

In 2000, the United Nations hosted the largest gathering of political leaders ever held. At that meeting, all 189 UN member states, plus leading development institutions, committed to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight ambitious goals for lifting more than one billion people worldwide out of extreme poverty. The first goal – to cut extreme poverty and hunger in half by 2015 – was especially important to me, because it was crucial to achieving all the others. It was also controversial: experts thought it was impossible to achieve. But it sparked a global conversation about how...