AfDB, partners, rekindle obligation to culminate malnutrition in Africa

African Development Bank (AfDB), the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy renewed commitment to end child stunting and other forms of malnutrition through the Banking on Nutrition Partnership

The partners convened during a high-level panel discussion held on 8 July, organized by the African Development Bank.

They shared lessons learned, experiences, feats of the Banking on Nutrition Partnership since its inception five years ago.

They also discussed its implementation within the African Development Bank and its Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan, as well as measures to encourage other organizations and development banks to amalgamate nutrition into their portfolios.

Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex, African Development Bank in her opening address Dr. Beth Dunford, Vice President said the Bank is insistent in pursuing bold targets to unlock Africa’s human and economic potential.

“It is our aim to inspire other actors to recognize nutrition as central to that agenda.

“We need urgent action from all sectors to rise and renew commitment towards nutrition to help speed up the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate achievement of nutrition targets,” Dunford said.

Other interventions during the program came from Kesete Admasu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Big Win Philanthropy, Zouera Youssoufou, CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Joel Spicer, CEO of Nutrition International and Martin Fregene and Chanda Osward, directors from the African Development Bank.

Malnutrition continues to rob generations of Africans of the chance to grow to their full physical and cognitive potential, hugely impacting health outcomes and economic development.

In 2020, 61.4 million African children were registered as stunted, with Africa being the only region where the number of stunted children has risen and 40% of all stunted children in the world live on the African continent.

Positive results of the Banking on Nutrition Partnership include integration of nutrition into 18% of African Development Bank projects, with 21% of project interventions prioritizing focus on women and children.

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