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Across Asia, obesity, malnutrition and chronic diseases are some of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century. To facilitate a multi-stakeholder platform to initiate a dialogue on 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.

With an initial focus on Southeast Asia, senior delegates from government, academia, industry and the rest of society exchange views on the current landscape as it relates to the social, economic and health opportunities for food and nutrition-based R&D, as well as consumer behavioural changes in the food and nutrition arena.


The Role of Public-private Partnership in Tackling Global Malnutrition

Professor Emorn Udomkesmalee, Co-chair of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report and Senior Advisor at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, shares what public-private partnerships, such as the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN), can do to tackle malnutrition in all its forms.

Food Industry Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits By Increasing Adoption of GDA Nutrition Labelling in Asia

Food Industry Asia (FIA) today released Fast Facts on Packs, the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) Nutrition Labelling Report 2016. The report reveals that significant progress has been made in driving availability and awareness of GDA nutrition labelling as an industry initiative, to tackle obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by educating and supporting consumers in making healthy diet choices.

FIA Video: Understanding GDA Nutrition Labelling

A short video to help consumers better understand how to use Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) nutrition labelling to make healthier eating choices.

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Partnership at the Heart of Addressing Nutrition and Health Challenges in Asia

With at least 2.8 billion people worldwide affected by the dual burden of obesity and undernutrition, the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) is determined to come up with a home-grown solution to tackle the problem across Asia.

South-East Asia is Getting Fatter, Faster

An inception report on “The Current Landscape and State of Health in Relation to Obesity in South-East Asia”, by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has found that the obesity rate in the ASEAN Six is increasing faster than that of countries like the USA, UK and Japan.

Driving Better Nutrition in Asia Through Public-Private Partnership

With the double burden of obesity and undernutrition emerging as a threat to health and healthcare systems in the Asian region, a unique public-private partnership is looking at ways to initiate and sustain stakeholder dialogue on food innovation and improved nutrition to deal with these issues.


Taskforce One: Knowledge Platform

Taskforce One: Knowledge Platform

  • To establish a clear governance structure for ARoFIIN
  • To build an evidence-based knowledge hub and facilitate the nutrition dialogue

Taskforce Two: Consumer

Taskforce Two: Consumer

  • Enhance nutrition literacy, nutrition communications and understand consumer behaviour
  • Fill knowledge gaps on Asian diets and consumer preferences

Taskforce Three: Regulation

Taskforce Three: Regulation

  • Identify barriers and enablers for innovation and solutions for public health policies
  • Cultivate a conducive ecosystem that stimulates R&D in food and nutrition

Taskforce Four: Double Burden

Taskforce Four: Double Burden

  • Optimise nutrient accessibility, food innovation and reformulation to tackle malnutrition
  • Explore and identify sustainable funding mechanisms for nutrition and health interventions in Asia