An Introduction to ARoFIIN

The inaugural ARoFIIN Roundtable brought together 41 senior practitioners from across Asia to initiate a regional, multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of food innovation in tackling obesity and chronic diseases.

Senior delegates from government, academia, industry and the rest of society gathered for the 1st ARoFIIN Roundtable on 30 January 2015. There, starting from an initial focus on Southeast Asia, they exchanged 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. 

ARoFIIN Vision

Addressing Asia’s public health and nutrition challenges through partnerships and innovation

During the course of the dialogue, participants were asked to set out the barriers and enablers in each sector, using these insights to construct a roadmap for a collaborative investment in food and nutrition science and research over the next decade.

In reaching their conclusions, the experts identified short- and medium-term priorities and outcomes that would contribute to the stated objectives of the group’s vision in Asia. The assembled delegates were urged to focus only on projects and activities that were uniquely suited to ARoFIIN’s scope as a multi-stakeholder initiative.

Working in groups, they identified four broad programmes for collaborative activity that would draw on the collective strengths of the sectors at the table.

Areas for Multi-Stakeholder Engagement


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


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


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


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