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Ottawa, CANADA – His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, African Union (AU) Champion of Nutrition, visited Nutrition International’s headquarters in Ottawa on June 6th, 2024.The visit provided an opportunity for our global leadership team to hear directly from His Majesty on the critical importance of nutrition and the ongoing efforts to combat malnutrition worldwide.

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Nutrition International hosts Fireside Chat with King Letsie III of Lesotho

Addressing Nutrition International’s country directors and global leadership, King Letsie III expressed his unwavering support for the organization’s mission. “I would like to pledge my unwavering support to all our friends and partners, such as Nutrition International, in your noble and heroic struggle to eliminate malnutrition on the African continent and beyond,” he said. His Majesty also acknowledged the transformative impact of Nutrition International’s work, stating, “I would like to thank Nutrition International for transforming millions of lives through better and improved nutrition.”

“I would like to pledge my unwavering support to all our friends and partners, such as Nutrition International, in your noble and heroic struggle to eliminate malnutrition on the African continent and beyond.

— His Majesty King Lestie III of Lesotho

King Letsie III has been the AU Nutrition Champion since 2014, a role that has seen him raise awareness about the severe levels of malnutrition across the continent, advocate for greater international support and urge governments to prioritize nutrition in their budgets. His dedication and leadership in this role have been pivotal in his efforts to address nutritional challenges. “Please put nutrition as a top priority for your development plans. Nutrition is part of an economic development plan for our countries,” he urged world leaders.

Joel Spicer, President and CEO of Nutrition International, echoed His Majesty’s sentiments and reiterated the organization’s commitment to its mission. “King Letsie III’s kindness in sharing his time with our entire leadership group was an inspiration,” he said. “As the African Union Nutrition Champion he encouraged us to act with a sense of urgency and focus, and to never give up.”