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.