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 International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    Funding Agencies, Government
    Staff size: 1001-5000

    Established as an Incorporated Administrative Agency under the Act of the Incorporated Administrative Agency - Japan International Cooperation Agency (Act No. 136, 2002), JICA aims to contribute...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • 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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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Ghana
  • Start Date 2012