Business

Ajinomoto

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Workforce commitments
London 2013

Nutrition policy (28,000)

Reported progress

Some progress.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

"Some progress" indicates the commitment is on course

London 2013

Maternal health/breastfeeding (3,000)

Reported progress

No response

Assessment
No response
Non-workforce commitments
London 2013

2015–2017: Nutrition improvement of 200,000 weaning children, 100,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, and 250,000 school-age children, through Koko Plus supplement (Ghana Nutrition Improvement Project).

Reported progress

As of April 2017, The Ajinomoto Foundation (TAF) has been established, and Ghana Nutrition Improvement Project (GNIP) was handed over from Ajinomoto Co., Inc. to the Foundation. TAF will contribute to decrease stunting ratio form 21% (2018) to 14% (2025) as national target in Ghana through improving nutrition status of infants above 6 months by overcoming the effects of Covid19 with nutritious supplement, "KOKO Plus" for their complementary foods. The project GNIP has been successfully expanding, under the great efforts of TAF and various stakeholders, and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. continues to support the project of TAF as a donor.

To improve the nutrition status of infants, it is critical how to make "Behavior Change" of caregivers. The caregivers (mostly+G8 mothers) rely on Community Health Nurses of Ghana Health Service (GHS) about health advises, and TAF proposed GHS to have public-private partnership to make behavior changes by developping effective nutrition education tools together, and introduce "KOKO Plus" through the nurses. In September 2018, Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between TAF and GHS was first signed and collaborative activities started, and the MOC was extended in August 2020 to continue the partnership.

Through the partnership with GHS, we have been creating 1) ecosystem for nutrition integral to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and 2) sustainable nutritious food value chain for long-term nutrition intervention by market-based approach model.

What we currently focus on:

- aim to expand the business to be sustainable scale for Ghanaian local companies to have big social impacts through partnership with the public sectors. Our collaboration area with GHS was 13% of total number of districs in FY19, 22% in FY20, and target in FY21 is 40%.

- continue a project with World Food Programme during 2019 to 2021.

- strengthen evidences with local and international academias to prove the effectiveness of the project. TAF has been providing practical and sustainable model with various partnerships with stakeholders.

-Weaning children to reach?20,000 in FY18, 47,100 in FY19, and 90,000 (+91% vs LY) in FY20, and target 167,000 in FY21 (+86% vs LY) (estimated with no. of sachets of "KOKO Plus" delvered in each year).

Assessment
Off course
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that the total number of weaning children aided (157,100) is below the amount needed to be on course as of April 2017 (150,000, using an average monthly number of beneficiaries). However, there is no information regarding pregnant and lactating mothers or school-age children. Therefore, fewer than half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on cn course