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
On course
Basis of assessment

2020 reported progress is not assessable, however previous data submitted as part of the 2019 N4G survey shows that the commitment is on course

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) was established and the Ghana Nutrition Improvement Project was handed over from Ajinomoto Co., Inc. to the Foundation. Under the Foundations great effort with various stakeholders, the approach to weaning children with the nutritious supplement KOKO Plus has been successfully expanding, and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. continues to support the activities of the Foundation as a donor.

In the process of the project, we noticed that the strategy was to focus on weaning children by distributing KOKO Plus (KOKO Plus was targeted to weaning children) firstly, because it is important for us to establish a social business model by achieving a sustainable long-term nutrition intervention without any aid in the near future.

Especially, Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) was key for scaling up KOKO Plus.

1. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) memorandum of cooperation between TAF and GHS was concluded in September 2018. GHS nurses recommend the product while educating mothers on nutrition. Simultaneous development of marketing channels will allow mothers who receive the nutrition education to buy the product at nearby stores. Our collaboration area with GHS was 13% of the total district in FY2019 and the target in FY2020 is 40%.

The partnership exactly matches 1 and 2 in the five core areas of the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, to be held in 2021. Regarding core area 1 Health: "Making nutrition integral to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), GHS can introduce to mothers (and their children) essential, quality-assured nutrition-related health products, which are available, affordable, accessible, and properly administered through GHSs national health-care system. Regarding core area 2 Food systems: "Promote healthy diets and nutrition, the partnership coordinates and produces genuinely synergistic impacts among multiple sectors, and creates a sustainable food system for long-term nutrition intervention through supporting a market-based distribution model.

2. World Food Programme with the food basket registration being acquired, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs-approved program for the poorest populations has begun for one year.

- Weaning children: FY2018: 20,000 (estimated by FY2018s sales of "KOKO Plus"); FY2019: 47,100 (estimated by FY2019s sales of "KOKO Plus"); an increase of 236% over last year by starting PPP as mentioned above.

Assessment
Off course
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that the total number of weaning children aided (67,100) is below the amount needed to be on course as of April 2017 (150,000, using an average monthly number of beneficiaries). There is no information regarding pregnant and lactating mothers or school-age children.