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, Academy of 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.

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Positive Actions for a Healthier Asia at the 4th ARoFIIN Roundtable

The key ingredient to building a healthier, well-nourished and a more sustainable Asia, is simple yet complex – partnerships. For partnerships to be established and scaled, there is a need to establish a common agenda across agencies and to develop a sensitive approach that is localised and nutrition-specific to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

Innovations and Partnerships for a Healthier Asia

Kalpana Bhaskaran, Domain Lead at the Applied Nutrition Research and Head of the Glycemic Index Research Unit at the School of Applied Science of Temasek Polytechnic, discusses some key trends driving food innovation in Asia, and how such innovations can be best leveraged to promote better eating habits.

The Active Fight against Asia’s Growing Disease Burden

Even as economies become increasingly affluent, and many can afford to feed their families with greater ability than in the past, there is a nagging worry that children will grow up to be less healthy than their parents. Today’s sedentary pursuits are displacing active lifestyles, and such physical inactivity has been a contributing factor to the growing health challenges around the world.

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