The Aliko Dangote Foundation has pledged to invest a 100 million US Dollars in the fight against malnutrition in Nigeria.
The pledge was made at the recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit held in Milan, Italy.
In a press statement, the Managing Director and CEO of the Foundation, Zouera Youssoufous, explained 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.” he said
Nigeria is believed to be home to the highest number of malnourished children. Statistics reveal that almost half of the one million children who die yearly in Nigeria, die of malnutrition as the underlying cause.
According to the statement, the Global Nutrition Report launched at the Summit showed that in spite of progress, 155 million children globally are still stunted and the world is off track on meeting internationally agreed nutrition targets.