Nutri­tion plan launched by AfDB

The Mercury - - NATION - African

THE African Devel­op­ment Bank (AfDB) yes­ter­day un­veiled a new nutri­tion plan that aims to raise in­vest­ments to­wards re­duc­ing stunt­ing in African chil­dren aged un­der 5 by 40% by 2025, in part­ner­ship with Big Win Phi­lan­thropy and the Aliko Dan­gote Foun­da­tion.

Through the plan, the bank aims to scale up the pro­por­tion of in­vest­ments that are “nu­tri­tion­s­mart” in the agri­cul­ture, wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene, so­cial and health sec­tors.

Nutri­tion is in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to the bank’s “High 5” pri­or­i­ties which could be cat­alytic for re­al­is­ing its eq­ui­table growth agenda.

Vice-pres­i­dent for agri­cul­ture at AfDB Jen­nifer Blanke stressed the im­por­tance of en­gag­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor to achieve re­sults.

The AfDB is strength­en­ing po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment and build­ing part­ner­ships by en­list­ing heads of state, min­is­ters and em­i­nent lead­ers as cham­pi­ons to spur and build a high-level po­lit­i­cal move­ment and lead­er­ship for nutri­tion. |

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