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.

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A Year in Review with ARoFIIN

We speak to the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) team to understand some of the key achievements of 2018 and what the plans for the roundtable are in the upcoming year.

Shining a Light to Spur Action on Nutrition: Global Nutrition Report 2018

With hunger and obesity still on the rise, the world is off track towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger – ending all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The current burden of malnutrition across the world is unacceptably high, but with increasing commitment from various countries and the presence of new and better data, the opportunity to end malnutrition has never been greater.

Enabling a Healthy Community in Asia with Localised Approaches

Asia is facing a growing burden of malnutrition, increasing obesity rates, staggering prevalence of undernutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies in both rural and urban communities, despite significant economic growth in the region. While these lifestyle diseases are influenced by a variety of factors, a multi-faceted approach is needed to change health behaviours of the population as there is no silver bullet in reducing the rates of obesity and undernutrition.

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