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.”

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.

It is an African-led forum of "ALN Champions" comprising of 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.

With special focus on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, 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

Adesina ALN

Dr. Akinwuni A. Adesina,

President, the African Development Bank and Chairperson of ALN

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Moussa ALN

His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat,

Chairperson of the African Union

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kufuor ALN

His Excellency John Kufuor,

Former President of Ghana

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Annan ALN

The Late Mr. Kofi Annan,

Former UN Secretary General

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Graça ALN

Her Excellency Graça Machel,

Former First Lady of South Africa, Founder of Graça Machel Trust

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Our vision

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

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, accelerate action and investments to end malnutrition in Africa.

Our Leadership

The ALN initiative aims to stimulate political leadership and engagement set forth by African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, former Ghanaian President Hon. John Kufuor, Mr. Kofi Annan (1938-2018), the late former Secretary General of the United Nations and its institutional co-founders by fostering and nurturing the ALN initiative itself. It will also amplify ongoing nutrition efforts in Africa at the highest levels.

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Our Focus 

The African Leaders for Nutrition initiative focuses on two priority areas, namely, broadening evidence by encouraging accountability, and strengthening political engagement and building partnerships:

  • Nutrition Accountability Scorecard
  • Economic Investment Case for Nutrition
  • ALN Champions
  • Advocacy and communications

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Nutrition Facts for Africa

A stunted child is too short for his or her age due to prolonged malnutrition.
Africa is seeing an upward trend in the number of stunted children, from 50.6 million in 2000 to 58.7 million in 2017.
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, with Sub-Saharan Africa showing a higher prevalence (33.9%) in comparison with Northern Africa:

  • East Africa – 35.6%
  • Central Africa – 32.1%
  • Northern Africa – 17.3%
  • Southern Africa – 29.1%
  • West Africa – 29.9%

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