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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History of ALN

Oct. 2015

It all began during a highlevel conference with the theme, Feeding Africa, An Action Plan for African Agricultural Transformation held in Dakar, Senegal, in October 2015 convened by Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal. One of the crucial outcomes from this event was the need for strategic partnerships that galvanize and deploy innovative approaches to addressing malnutrition across the continent.

The high-level meeting created a synergy for partnerships with key stakeholders in the nutrition space. The stakeholders agreed to scale up nutrition programs across Africa – with an aim to stem the tide of malnutrition and hunger on the continent.

The conceptualization and formation of the African Leaders for Nutrition began with Big Win Philanthropy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, the World Food Program (WFP), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Focusing on elevating Africa’s nutrition status, these institutions would support the African Development Bank’s objective of feeding Africa.  

May 2016

A soft launch of the ALN at the African Development Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings in Lusaka, Zambia, succeeded in bringing the highest-level attention to ending malnutrition and stunting in Africa. This soft launch was convened with support from the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (under the chairmanship of former President of Ghana, Mr. John Kufuor), the African Union (including the New Partnership for Africa’s Development – NEPAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kofi Annan Foundation, Big Win Philanthropy, the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the World Food Program.


Oct. 2016

The first meeting of the ALN Champions Group was hosted in October 17, 2016 at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to discuss the foundational documents of the ALN and upcoming efforts to support and grow the reach of the Champions group. The meeting adopted the recommendations of the ALN Concept Note and the draft African Union Resolution.


May 2017

A side event themed Developing Africa’s Grey Matter Infrastructure: Addressing Africa’s Nutrition Challenges was held at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the Bank, in Ahmedabad, India. The event highlighted the Bank’s resolve and partnership strategies to build Africa’s grey matter infrastructure through the ALN initiative, and Nutrition Partnerships with the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy. The two partnerships complement each other and share a vision: to build Africa’s grey matter infrastructure through efforts that reduce stunting on the African continent.


Oct. 2017

As part of the World Food Prize Award for African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, a private event was coorganized with the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition in Iowa, USA, in October 2017. The theme of the event, Leadership, governance and accountability for nutrition, attracted private sector representatives, policy makers and thought leaders.



Jan. 2018

The ALN was endorsed at the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union during the 30th Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The endorsement, entitled Decision on the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) Initiative, is codified under the resolution number: Assembly/AU/Dec.681.XXX.


Jan. 2018

The ALN Secretariat became operational in January 2018. The Secretariat is housed at the African Development Bank’s Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department and is supported through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Secretariat supports the advocacy role of ALN champions by coordinating the development of a Nutrition Accountability Scorecard and an Economic Investment Case for Nutrition report as advocacy and communication tools for ALN Champions.