When Africa’s children are well-nourished and can grow, learn and earn their full potential, we will be able to unleash prosperity in the entire continent

Dr. Akinwuni A. Adesina,  African Development Bank group's president


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African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative

The African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative is a platform for high-level political engagement to advance nutrition in Africa. The initiative is part of eight flagship programs launched under the African Development Bank’s High 5 priorities, particularly “Feed Africa” and “Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.” It is led by a group of ALN Champions, comprising current and former heads of state, finance ministers and eminent leaders with the power to catalyze and sustain high-level political leadership and commitment to end malnutrition in Africa.

The ALN initiative was endorsed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU) at the 30th Ordinary AU Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 31 January 2018.

With a special focus on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the grey matter infrastructure, the initiative aims to influence and generate innovative investments towards nutrition and food security that will build a foundation for productive human capital in Africa.

 

ALN Champions and Eminent Leaders

Our Mission Statement

The ALN initiative works to spark and drive progress to deliver on existing continental and global nutrition targets by strengthening political engagement, building partnerships and widening evidence through nutrition advocacy tools that encourage accountability, and accelerate action and investments to end malnutrition in Africa.

 

Our Leadership

The ALN initiative aims to stimulate political leadership and engagement, driven by African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, former Ghanaian President Hon. John Kufuor, the late Mr. Kofi Annan (19382018), former Secretary General of the United Nations, and the ALN’s institutional co-founders.

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Our Focus 

The African Leaders for Nutrition initiative focuses on priority areas that strengthen political leadership, broaden evidence and encourage accountability and investments

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Nutrition Facts for Africa

  • A stunted child experiences impaired growth as a result of prolonged malnutrition
  • In 2017, more than one third of stunted children under the age of five lived in Africa. The prevalence of stunting in children under the age of five varies by region. Sub-Saharan Africa shows a higher prevalence (33.9%) in comparison with North Africa

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Resources

Documents

A Snapshot of Food Security and Nutrition in Africa
Integrating Nutrition into AfDB Country Strategy Papers
Integrating Nutrition into AfDB Project Cycle
AfDB Sector Brief - Agriculture and Nutrition
AfDB Sector Brief - Higher Education and Nutrition
AfDB Sector Brief - WASH and Nutrition
AfDB Sector Brief - Health and Nutrition
AfDB Sector Brief - Social Protection and Nutrition
AfDB Nutrition Marker and Project Checklist
Nutrition Smart Investments at the AfDB
Guidance on Integrating Nutrition into AfDB Investments
Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard Report – A Call for Better Advocacy and Accountability for Nutrition investments in Africa
Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan 2018-2025: Harnessing “Grey Matter Infrastructure” to Unlock the Human and Economic Potential of Africa: Catalyzing nutrition smart investments to support a 40% stunting reduction in Africa by 2025

Banking on Nutrition: Harnessing “Grey Matter Infrastructure” to Unlock the Human and Economic Potential of Africa

Synthesis of Evidence of Multisectoral Approaches for Improved Nutrition
African Union Decision on the African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative (Assembly/AU/Dec.681.XXX)