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Dangote Foundation Pledges $100m To Fight Malnutrition

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By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin –

Aliko Dangote Foundation is the philanthropic organization of Aliko Dangote, founder and Executive Chairman of the Dangote Group, has pledged to invest US$100 Million over five years to tackle malnutrition in Nigeria.

The Foundation made the pledge at the just concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017, held in Milan, Italy.

The donation is part of the Foundation’s numerous efforts at providing humanitarian services to the needy.

In a speech, the Foundation’s Managing Director and CEO, Zouera Youssoufou said “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,” she added.

A statement made available to newsmen said this year’s edition of Global Nutrition summit was held in close partnership with a number of international stakeholders including the U.K.’s Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Coalition on Advocacy for Nutrition.

The governments of Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Zambia all made commitments to expand their nutrition programmes and the Summit succeeded in galvanizing US3.4 billion according to the organisers.

Global Nutrition Summit is the global forum of the United NationsN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2026). The just concluded edition attracts government officials, international agencies, foundations and civil societies organisations who are bent on accelerating global response to malnutrition.

Malnutrition affects every country in the world in various forms, however Africa is particularly hard hit and Nigeria is home to the highest numbers of malnourished children.

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