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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 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, 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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