JICA, USAID and Ajinomoto Cooperate on Improving Child Nutrition in Ghana
Ajinomoto, in collaboration with JICA, USAID, a local food company and the University of Ghana, will produce samples of Koko Plus to address malnutrition amongst Ghanaian children.
Improving Child Nutrition in Ghana
The USAID, JICA, and Ajinomoto are working together to leverage their respective expertise in the joint effort to improve the nutritional well-being of children during the weaning period in Ghana. The Memorandum of Understanding between JICA, USAID, and Ajinomoto for improving child nutrition in Ghana was signed last May 30, 2012. This partnership will be a platform on which to build future public-private sector activities across numerous stakeholders on nutrition in Ghana. Ajinomoto, in collaboration with a local food company and the University of Ghana, will produce samples of "Koko Plus." Koko Plus is a nutritional supplement that should be added to the traditional porridge made of fermented corn (called koko). The base of Koko Plus is locally produced soybeans, but it is fortified with vitamins and an essential amino acid (Lysine) to improve the nutritional values of the food for children. Ajinomoto will provide funding to test a community-based distribution model and evaluate its effectiveness in improving the nutritional status of children.
Japan | Staff size: 1001-5000
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the independent institution of the Government of Japan, responsible for the international cooperation and development agenda of the...Show the full description
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the independent institution of the Government of Japan, responsible for the international cooperation and development agenda of the country.
Since its establishment in 1974, JICA has provided various forms of technical assistance in over 150 countries and areas. JICA’s role has changed with the times. It has become more field orientated, working more closely with partner governments, international donor organizations, private enterprises and, above all, local people and communities providing greater hope for the future.
In October 2008, JICA merged with the overseas economic cooperation section of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The new JICA, as the world’s largest bilateral development agency, is now able to provide technical assistance, concessional loans and grant aid in a harmonized manner, covering areas from infrastructure to grassroots projects.
JICA has 1,827 staff. They are supported at any one time by thousands of Japanese experts and young and senior volunteers on both short-term and long-term contracts. In addition to the Headquarters in Tokyo and 15 domestic offices, JICA has a network of 96 overseas bureaus and has undertaken projects in around 150 countries.
To deepen partnerships with developing countries and contribute to international stability, Japan has provided Official Development Assistance (ODA) to developing countries for more than half a century. As the organization in charge of administering ODA, JICA has helped foster human resources, technology transfer and infrastructure development in different countries through technical cooperation, ODA loans and grant aid based on bilateral assistance. JICA has forged close relationships with the governments of industrialized countries and international aid organizations aimed at achieving the MDGs and resolving global issues such as climate change.
The themes covered by JICA range from education, health, disaster management, governance, peace-building to social security, gender development and environmental management.
Besides provision of ODA loans and technical cooperation support to various groups, governments and institutions, JICA also supports NGOs directly as well as indirectly. Its Grant Aid support is mostly to governments, which need to work closely with NGOs
Where we work:
- Latin America
- Middle East
JICA’s Vision, Mission and Strategy
"Inclusive development" represents an approach to development that encourages all people to recognize the development issues they themselves face, participate in addressing them, and enjoy the fruits of such endeavors. The role of New JICA is to effectively provide backing for this process.
"Dynamic development" refers to the creation of self-reinforcing virtuous cycles of mid- to long-term economic growth and poverty reduction in a constantly changing environment of developing countries where a variety of issues arise simultaneously and get entangled each other. New JICA will provide creative, highly effective support toward this end, at times moving swiftly and at times acting from the longer-term perspective as the situation calls for.
Mission 1: Addressing the global agenda
The advance of globalization brings positive effects, sparking economic development and providing people with new opportunities. It also has its negative side, though, including such effects as uneven wealth distribution and the cross-border issues of climate change, infectious diseases, terrorism, and expanding economic crises. These effects pose a threat to the stability and prosperity of Japan—which depends on resources from around the world—and the rest of the international community. The threat is particularly dire for developing countries. New JICA will make full use of Japan's experience and technologies as it works in concert with international society to address the various globalization-related issues developing countries face in a comprehensive manner.
Mission 3: Improving Governance
A state's capacity for governance refers to its status as a society that can take the resources available to it and direct, apportion, and manage them efficiently and in ways that reflect the will of the people. Improving governance is of vital importance to the stable economic growth of developing countries. However, these states often have underdeveloped legal and judicial systems and administrative organs, which present obstacles to efforts to reduce poverty through economic growth. New JICA will offer support aimed at improving the fundamental systems needed by a state, as well as systems for effectively providing public services based on the needs of people, and at fostering the institutions and human resources needed to manage those systems appropriately.
Mission 2: Reducing poverty through equitable growth
Impoverished people in developing countries are particularly susceptible to the effects of economic crisis, conflict, and disaster and are constantly exposed to the risk of even deeper poverty. Moreover, growing wealth gaps are a destabilizing factor in societies. Helping people to escape poverty and lead healthy, civilized lives is a vital task not only for the growth of developing countries but also for the stability of the international community. To reduce poverty, employment opportunities must be expanded through equitable growth that gives proper consideration to impoverished members of society, and public services like education and healthcare must be enhanced. New JICA will provide support for human resources development, capacity building, policy and institutional improvements, and provision of social and economic infrastructure, thereby pursuing sustained poverty reduction through equitable growth.
Mission 4: Achieving human security
The advance of globalization causes an increase in various cross-border dangers and exposes many people in developing countries to civil strife, disasters, poverty, and other humanitarian threats. The concept of human security places individual human beings at its core, seeking to defend them from fear and want: fear of things like conflict, terrorism, disaster, environmental destruction, and infectious disease, and want in the face of poverty and in social services and infrastructure. By building up people's abilities to address these issues themselves, this approach aims to build societies in which they can live with dignity. In order to defend the weakest members of society from these various threats, New JICA will support efforts to bolster social and institutional capacity and to increase people's ability to deal with threats themselves.
Strategy 1: Integrated assistance
New JICA will undertake the integrated management of three modalities of assistance—technical cooperation, ODA loans, and grant aid—to offer comprehensive support that organically combines such elements as policy and institutional improvements in developing countries; human resources development and capacity building; and improvements in infrastructure. We will also make use of diverse approaches and take advantage of the expanded scale of our operations to tackle issues that go beyond borders and affect entire regions or that span multiple sectors. Through such integrated assistance, New JICA will pursue international cooperation with even more development impact in terms of both its quality and scale.
Strategy 3: Promoting development partnerships
New JICA aims to be a good partner for developing countries, accurately grasping their changing needs through a focus on the field and promoting their own self-help efforts swiftly and effectively through a focus on results. We will also promote public-private partnerships, pooling the experience, technologies, and resources of local governments, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and other actors. Furthermore, to fulfill our responsibilities as one of the largest donor organizations in the world with more than 40 years of experience, we will strengthen partnerships with international organizations and other donor institutions, leading the creation of a broad framework for development assistance in a global community that is seeing growing numbers of players in the international cooperation field and increasingly diverse forms of aid to developing countries.
Strategy 2: Seamless assistance
New JICA brings together a wide variety of aid approaches to provide seamless assistance that spans everything from prevention of armed conflict and natural disasters to emergency aid following a conflict or disaster, assistance for prompt recovery, and mid- to long-term development assistance. Among developing countries are states at various stages of development, from the least developed countries where most of the population lives in poverty to middle-income countries that are on the growth track but are still wrestling with the problems of wealth gaps in society. New JICA will provide assistance in ways that best match the level of development in each recipient nation, taking a long-term perspective and offering seamless assistance to ensure sustainable development into the future.
Strategy 4: Enhancing research and knowledge-sharing
In the face of the advance of globalization and the rise of new international cooperation actors, global trends in the issues affecting developing countries are undergoing sweeping change. Through the establishment of the JICA Research Institute, New JICA will put its wisdom gained in the field to work, building broad networks of academics from Japan and elsewhere around the world to create new knowledge value in the field of international development assistance not just for Japan but also for the entire world. To play a leading role in guiding the newest development trends, we will enhance our research and knowledge-sharing capacities. We will also actively carry out surveys and research grounded in actual assistance projects, focusing on the subjects in both regional and issue-based contexts.
United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy...Show the full description
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States.
The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world -- and shows the world our true character as a nation
U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. The Agency carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.
Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to: promote broadly shared economic prosperity; strengthen democracy and good governance; improve global health, food security, environmental sustainability and education; help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.
Where we Work
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world where we work in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, the private sector, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. Government agencies. USAID has working relationships with thousands of American companies and hundreds of U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
We provide assistance in five regions of the world:
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Europe and Eurasia
- The Middle East
Japan | Staff size: 1001-5000
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. was founded in 1909 and engages in the manufacture and sale of diversified products. The company operates through five main segments, including Domestic Food Products,...Show the full description
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. was founded in 1909 and engages in the manufacture and sale of diversified products. The company operates through five main segments, including Domestic Food Products, Overseas Food Products, Amino Acids, Pharmaceuticals, and Others.
The Ajinomoto Group has established a presence in 22 countries and regions throughout the world in order to expand its business operations in food products, amino acids, pharmaceuticals, and other fields. At present its products are sold in over 130 countries.
Domestic Food Products
AJI-NO-MOTO, HON-DASHI, Cook Do, soups, mayonnaise and mayonnaise-type dressings, PAL SWEET, amino VITAL, frozen foods, beverages etc.
Overseas Food Products
AJI-NO-MOTO, flavor seasonings, soups, instant noodles, beverages, Umami seasonings for processed food manufacturers, etc.
Bioscience Product & Fine Chemicals
Aspartame, specialty chemicals, amino acids for feed-use, pharmaceutical-use, food-use, etc.
Pharmaceuticals, medical foods
Edible oils, coffee products
Distribution, various services, etc.
To become a global group of food companies centered on the world’s No. 1 seasoning business
Ajinomoto offers specialized products to suit the diverse needs of customers. Beginning with AJI-NO-MOTO®, a highly versatile seasoning made with monosodium glutamate, our products have diversified to flavor seasonings, made by enhancing the flavors of bonito, pork, chicken, beef, and other foods, to menu-specific seasonings and to soups, instant noodles, and frozen foods. Based on the five basic tastes centering on umami, we utilize ingredients with unique kokumi (full-bodied taste), aroma, and texture to continually develop products that meet the needs of customers.
To become a global group of AminoScience companies that contributes to humankind with the world’s No. 1 amino acid technology
Amino acids are indispensable for life, and their applications are truly limitless. Moreover, amino acids are also being used in ways not apparent to the public. The Ajinomoto Group will generate new value in amino acids to meet diverse needs. By manufacturing and developing new applications for amino acids and nucleic acids, we will provide materials, products, and services of value to individual people, societies, and the entire earth. We will continue to create significant value that contributes to all forms of life on earth through our unique technologies and AminoScience
Pharmaceuticals and Health
To become a group of health-promoting companies with a scientific approach to good taste and health
The Ajinomoto Group possesses deep experience in and know-how on technologies relating to foods and amino acids. We are using this advantage in the field of pharmaceuticals to develop the kind of products that only we can. Through “creation of pharmaceuticals that stimulate perception of intake of food or nutrient or that control the process of digestion, absorption, metabolism, and excretion,” we aim to contribute to health and a better quality of life for everyone and aim to be an organization that earns the trust and confidence of patients and medical practitioners
Accommodate social requirements with humility and honesty, with the objective of maximizing value for society through business activities.
(Resolve social issues) (Improve the global environment) (Security and safety) (Trustworthy production) (Fair, impartial, transparent and simple)
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