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July 22, 2011 - AlertNet
Cape Verde ex-leader lobbies for W.Africa nutrition

George Fominyen reports that António Monteiro, former President of Cape Verde, was unveiled as a nutrition advocate by the Nutrition Working Group for West Africa, an organisation of U.N. agencies and non-governmental organisations.

"What we want is that all countries in West Africa prioritise nutrition to prevent major disasters and I have to talk to authorities in these countries so that nutrition is included in the political agenda as a priority," Monteiro told reporters in Dakar.

HKI's Shawn Baker was instrumental in bringing this partnership to fruition: "To have an advocate like former president Monteiro is a huge plus for us because he can talk to these men and women whom he knew during his 10 years in power about the importance of nutrition."

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