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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.

Partners

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Funding Agencies

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...

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USAID

Funding Agencies

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...

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Ajinomoto

Goods Supplier

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,...

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LOCATION

West Africa

STATUS

Announced

  • Start Date 2012
Health Nutrition Child and Maternal Health