On May 30, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Accra, Ghana, officially forming a public-private partnership that will leverage the combined expertise of the three organizations to improve nutrition in Ghana.
The partnership marks the first time that the U.S. Government and the Government of Japan will work together with the private sector to improve the nutritional status of children. It is also the first time a Japanese company will work collaboratively with USAID as part of a Global Development Alliance.
The agreement between USAID, JICA, and Ajinomoto has three core components:
This partnership is closely aligned with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, a global effort to improve nutritional status among children under 2 and pregnant women. Ghana was one of the first countries to sign on to the SUN movement.
Read the full press release from the U.S. Embassy in Ghana.