ARoFIIN Vision

Addressing Asia’s public health and nutrition challenges through partnerships and innovation

Our Story

Across Asia, obesity, undernutrition and other non-communicable diseases have become some of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century. To facilitate an integrated approach to solving these challenges, the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition, or ARoFIIN, was inaugurated on 30 January 2015 in Singapore.

The Roundtable was set up, and convened by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), an agency of the Ministry of Health, Singapore, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) and Food Industry Asia (FIA), to leverage public-private partnerships by gathering experts from across government, academia, industry and civil societies to initiate and sustain a regional, multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of food innovation to tackle malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases.

ARoFIIN is made up of a group of key decision-makers who work towards fostering a collaborative forum to support dissemination of science-based information on the causes and drivers of obesity and chronic diseases, while also providing clarity on the barriers and enablers to develop partnerships in the region.

The multi-sectoral platform looks to stimulate scalable, cost-effective and multi-stakeholder strategies that drive a positive change in consumer behaviour and innovation. Such partnerships also enable projects to be scaled up at a quicker rate, supports the ease of transfer of technology and skills, and promote wider outreach and dissemination of knowledge and resources.

What's new

What are the Challenges & Opportunities to End Malnutrition in Asia?

Panellists joining the 5th ARoFIIN Roundtable, namely Warren T K Lee of FAO, Sukiet Kittitammachote of Cargill and Mansharan Seth of Tata Trusts, spoke to ARoFIIN on the critical steps needed from various stakeholders to end all forms of malnutrition.

Cross-Sector Collaborations to Deliver Positive Health Outcomes to Society

Ahead of the 5th ARoFIIN Roundtable, Aaron Hawkins of Save the Children, Massimo Reverberi of Bugsolutely and Allison Hollowell of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), share their insights on the challenges that the world is seeing today in terms of improving health and nutrition, and the importance of multi-stakeholder collaborations to tackle the issue of malnutrition in Asia.

Celebrating 5 Years of ARoFIIN

Professor Jeyakumar Henry, Deputy Executive Director of the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) and Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) in Singapore, looks back on the achievements and partnerships ARoFIIN have made over the years, and shares the direction of the organisation moving forward.

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