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29 November 2018: Building Partnerships to Promote a Healthy Asia

Published on 29 November 2018

Asia is facing a growing burden of malnutrition, increasing obesity rates, staggering prevalence of undernutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies in both rural and urban communities, despite significant economic growth in the region. While these lifestyle diseases are influenced by a variety of factors, a multi-faceted approach is needed to change health behaviours of the population.

As policy pressures are mounting to drive health and wellness in Asia, multi-stakeholder partnerships to share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, are imperative to develop localised solutions for these health challenges. This would enable a positive change in consumer behaviour at a quicker rate through the scaling up of intervention programmes and expanding community outreach.

In partnership with IFPRI-FAO: Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition on November 28-30, 2018 in Bangkok, ARoFIIN is hosting a side roundtable discussion and seeks to showcase the importance of working collectively to implement country-level initiatives in response to the growing health challenges, encouraging healthier lifestyles in the community; beginning with young children who are “tomorrow’s agents for change.”

Through the discussion, delegates will address the barriers and opportunities in undertaking localised, multi-stakeholder efforts and share best practices to end malnutrition in Asia.


*NOTE: This agenda is indicative of speakers both invited and to be invited and is subject to change.

Time Programme
7:00am Registration & Morning Refreshments
7:30am State of Obesity in Southeast Asia: What are We Doing About it?
Dr Visith Chavasit, ARoFIIN Country Committee Representative (Thailand) &
Professor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University
7:40am Tackling Malnutrition with Nutrition Education
Diandra Pratami, Government Partnerships Officer, World Food Programme
7:50am Panel: Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to End Malnutrition in Asia


  • Steven Bartholomeusz, Policy Director, Food Industry Asia (Moderator)
  • Chanida Pachotikarn, President, Thai Dietetic Association
  • Diandra Pratami, Government Partnerships Officer, World Food Programme
  • Visith Chavasit, Professor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University
8:25am Closing Remarks and Next Steps
ARoFIIN Secretariat
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