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.