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It all began during a well-attended high-level conference with the theme, “Feeding Africa, An Action Plan for African Agricultural Transformation” held in Dakar, Senegal in October 2015. One of the crucial outcomes from this event was the need for strategic partnerships that will galvanize and deploy innovative approaches to addressing malnutrition continent-wide.
The high-level meeting created a synergy for partnerships with key stakeholders in the nutrition space. They all decided to scale up nutrition programs across Africa – with an aim to stem the tide of malnutrition and hunger on the continent.
The conceptualization cum formation of the African Leaders for Nutrition thus 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.
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 launching 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 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.
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 foundational documents of the ALN and upcoming efforts to support and grow the reach of the Champions group. The meeting led to the adoption and recommendations to the ALN Concept Note and the draft African Union Resolution
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 held 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 banking on Nutrition Partnerships with the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy. The two partnerships complement each other and share the same vision: to build Africa’s grey matter infrastructure through efforts that reduce stunting on the African continent.
As part of the World Food Prize Award for African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, a private session event was co-organized 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 nutrition actors, private sector representatives, policy makers and thought leaders to showcase global and national leadership.
The ALN was endorsed at the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union during 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.
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 by 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.