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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Tackling Obesity in ASEAN: Indonesia’s Healthy Eating Campaign

Indonesia’s economic growth over the past three decades has produced a burgeoning middle class that is increasingly urbanised and sedentary. The prevalence of overweight/obesity is emerging in Indonesia, with 24.5% of its adult population overweight and 5.7% obese. On the other end of the spectrum, 37.2% of children under the age of five are stunted, which also increases the risks of developing NCDs when they are older.

Impact at Scale: Innovation for the Next Generation of Nutrition

Despite significant progress in recent decades, malnutrition is still a huge barrier to children’s health and development around the world. There is a demand and opportunity for food innovation for improved nutrition across global markets, including low- and middle-income ones, and the private sector has a critical role to play in innovating for affordable, accessible and appealing nutrition for all.

Sufficient Food and Nutrition for Every Child: Innovation and Partnership in the Fight Against Malnutrition

The fight against malnutrition requires vision, investments and tenacity, to improve the health of entire generations of malnourished children around the world. We need innovation and evidence-based research, through multi-stakeholder collaboration, to bring together the areas of food production, value chain management, policy-making and consumer behaviour, in order to maximise our efforts to tackle malnutrition and food insecurity.

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