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NJPPP Project Introduction Pamphlet

Please check here to see a pamphlet that introduces its efforts to improve nutrition in developing and emerging countries and future activity plans.
 ( As of the end of March, 2021)
NJPPP – Nutrition improvement in developing and emerging countries NEW

Introduction

Over 800 million people in the world are hungry, and a third of the entire global population suffers from poor levels of nutrition. At the same time, around 1.9 billion adults have poor diet or are overweight. The Nutrition Improvement In Workforce Nutrition has been shown to deliver substantial benefits to employers by improving the nutritional health and well-being of employees. Yet it has not been embraced at the global level.

The NJPPP works directly with Japanese companies in Asia on workplace meal programs for nutrition improvement. Japanese companies traditionally take a keen interest in employee health and well-being. Accreditation of health management practices is becoming increasingly common in Japan, as a direct reflection of public expectations. So now is an ideal time for companies to consider ways to improve workplace meals. Several companies have already reported that meal programs have led to better relations with their employees, and have been asked to take part in research to validate their findings. NJPPP has identified a number of case studies in Southeast Asia and hopes to use the results to demonstrate effective approaches for improving nutrition levels.

Recent Activities

Please click here to see our efforts in each country.
Indonesia  Cambodia  Vietnam  Myanmar

 

Indonesia

“Workplace Nutrition in Indonesia” Project

Start month
August, 2016
Participant
Ajinomoto Co., Inc.,  FUJI OIL HOLDINGS INC., Institute Pertanian Bogor University, University of Indonesia
Overview
This project intends to introduce nutritionally balanced workplace meals for factory workers in Karawang Industrial Park. 
In Indonesia, there is still a undernutrition, and at the same time, there is a problem of “double load of malnutrition” in which lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity increase rapidly due to excessive intake of an unbalanced diet. We focused on approaches in the workplace such as factories as a place to realize “behavior change” that has correct knowledge about meals and changes eating habits.

Please refer the site of “Activity report: We visited Indonesia for the “Workplace nutrition” Project”.

“Workplace Nutrition with nutrition education in Indonesia ” Project

Start month
November, 2018
Participant
MIYAKOKYUSHOKU Co., Ltd., International Life Sciences Institute Japan (ILSI Japan) , Institute Pertanian Bogor University 
Overview
This project aims for improving nutritious status of employees through providing well-balanced meal, nutrition education with Whats APP based on academic research and hygiene education in Deltamas Industrial Park. In November, 2018, the project team members visited the factories which were introduced this project and discussed and analysed challenges of the meal with our counterpart, Institute Pertanian Bogor University. As a result, the project cralified many employees were overweight and high blood pressure because of unbalanced diet. The pilot study conducted from February to May 2019 suggested a combination of well-balanced meal and nutrition education may have promoted behavior change such as increasing variety of food.
In August 2019, we held workshops for Japanese factory workers at two industrial parks in the suburbs of Jakarta regarding the results, and exchanged information and opinions with local food service providers. Currently, we are continuing activities as Phase 2 (impact evaluation using a new health index focusing on vegetable intake) and promoting horizontal expansion to other factories.

Cambodia

“Health promotion by micro-nutrient fortified rice in Cambodia” Project

Start month
August, 2017
Participant
International Life Science Institute Japan (ILSI Japan) , University of Human Arts and Science, DSM Japan K.K., RACHA(Cambodia)
Overview
This project refers to introduce micro-nutrient fortified rice for workers in developing countries. The micro-nutrient deficiency among pregnant-beaing aged women may cause serious health problems of mothers and children, and it may lead to increase absenteeism of workers and reduce productivity.
For tackle this problem, we promote nutrition improvements through the introduction of micro-nutrient fortified rice and nutritional education in Cambodian wokplaces. We expect to improve the knowledge of nutrition and increase nutritional status among Cambodian women’s workers. Besides, we also expect a reduction of absenteeism and an improvement of productivity.
This project will be implemented with RACHA(Reproductive and Child Health Alliance)which is a NGO working for maternal and child health in Cambodia.
With the approval of the Ethics Committee, a 12-week pilot test was conducted by 180 people from November 2018. As a result, the serum folic acid concentration increased in proportion to the intake frequency of fortified cooked rice, which was significantly improved. In July 2019, a workshop was held in Phnom Penh to provide information on the results of the pilot study to Cambodian government agencies, the United Nations WFP (World Food Program) and local companies. Currently, we are preparing to expand the scale of introducing fortified rice.

“Nutrition enlightenment activities applying blockchain technology in “workplace nutrition improvement” in Cambodia” Project

Start month
September, 2019
Participant
Fujitsu Research Institute(Ridgelinez Limited. from FY2020), International Life Science Institute Japan (ILSI Japan)  
Overview
Improving nutritional literacy and realizing behavioral changes in eating habits are major issues in achieving nutrition improvement, and effective methods have not yet been established. Demonstrate that a token system that applies blockchain technology can be an effective way for that, using “workplace nutrition improvement” as an example and establish a new business model for nutrition awareness activities. In addition, the government of Cambodia should be actively involved and positioned as one of the national strategies for improving nutrition in Cambodia. In December 2019, a pilot test has been conducted for two months at a Japanese plant in Cambodia by 100 people. In FY2020, an additional test will be conducted to correct the issues that obtained past test. 

Vietnam

“Development of Enlightening health checkup and Nutrition improvement program in Vietnam ” Project

Start month
November, 2018
Participant
Kao Corporation, Hirosaki University COI (Center of Healthy Aging Innovation, vridge Co.,Ltd.
Overview
This project introduces enlightening health checkup and nutrition improvement program led by Hirosaki COI to Hai Phong City, Vietnam and verifies the efectiveness and fixability. The target areas of this project are workplace, community and school. The project started the basic survey to confirm the possibility of business development of enlightening health checkup in January and February, 2019. At the same time, the project members visited some factories and explained the purpose, contents and how to proceed for a trial.  
Based on the results of this basic survey,  we plan to develop the project with the support of JICA in the future. From July 2020, we will start full-scale activities such as inviting Vietnamese people to Japan to train human resources to conduct “enlightening QoL health checkups,” follow-up education, and guidance.

Myanmar

“A survey of workplace nutrition improvement projects through catering services in Myanmar ” Project

Start month
December, 2019
Participant
World Industry Co., Ltd., International Life Science Institute Japan (ILSI Japan) , Nakamura Gakuen University
Overview
World Industry Co., Ltd. has a central kitchen at a location adjacent to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon, providing more than 1,000 meals a day, mainly to Japanese companies in the special zone. Although the company aims to improve the dietary habits of local employees through the school lunch business, it is assumed that the health status of local employees seems generally poor because they eat food without considering the nutritional balance. Therefore, it is expected that providing nutritionally balanced meals and nutrition education at the workplace will not only lead to improved nutrition and health of employees, but also to the profits of advanced companies through improved productivity. It is also hoped that this initiative will lead to a national effort to improve the nutrition of the people, such as nutrition education in Myanmar and the establishment of a dietician qualification system. As a first step, an on-site survey was conducted in January 2020 to select a factory for installation and to explore the possibility of cooperation with Myanmar government officials. Based on this survey, we plan to conduct an intervention test for improving workplace nutrition using a Japanese factory in an industrial park in the suburbs of Yangon as a model in 2021. To launch this test, we continue to develop menus and investigate.