Dangote Foundation Pledges US$100m To Tackle Malnutrition In Nigeria
The Aliko Dangote Foundation, has pledged to invest US$100 million over five years to tackle malnutrition in the worst-affected parts of Nigeria.
The Foundation made this pledge at the Global Nutrition Summit 2017, which held in Milan, Italy.
Managing Director and CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, noted that Nigeria’s high malnutrition rate is undermining progress towards improving child health and survival and putting the brakes on economic development.
“By investing in nutrition, we aim to directly improve the lives of Nigerian families and to empower our citizens to reach their full potential,” Youssoufou said.
Other African governments that announced their commitment to fighting malnutrition are Ethiopia, through its National Nutrition Program, pledged to reduce the prevalence of stunted; underweight and wasted children under five. Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Zambia, also made commitments to expand domestic programmes to improve nutrition for mothers and children. In total, the Summit succeeded in galvanizing US3.4 billion according to the organisers.
“The global malnutrition crisis endangers the physical and mental wellbeing of present and future generations” said Kofi Annan, speaking at the summit in his capacity as Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. “Progress in tackling both under nutrition and obesity is possible with targeted commitments, like those made here today. We need further urgent investments so that people, communities and nations can reach their full potential.”