SUN Business Network Asia Regional Workshop

3-4 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

The SUN Business Network (SBN) held its second regional workshop in Asia, hosted in Indonesia, 3 -4 December 2015, hosted by the Government of Indonesia and Indofood. Over 100 delegates from 13 SUN countries in the region attended (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Indian state of Maharashtra, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Yemen), as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society, UN Agencies and Donors.

SUN Lead Group member Dr. Nina Sardjunani, Indonesia SUN Government Focal Point Dr. Ir. Subandi, Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN and Axton Salim, Director, Indofood and SBN Advisory Group co-chair, opened the workshop, calling on businesses to identify areas in their value chains to improve nutrition in support of SUN country national plans. Axton Salim highlighted from the business perspective, ‘I am convinced that business needs nutrition as much as nutrition needs business’.

At the workshop, SUN countries developed priority areas for business engagement and time frames for requesting support from SBN to build national business networks. In particular, agriculture, fortification and supply-chains/workforce emerged as top priorities for business engagement. Over 2016, Indonesia and Pakistan SBNs will continue to recruit members to national platforms. Moreover, following the workshop SBN will work with Philippines and Sri Lanka to develop national business networks over the next 6 months; Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Nepal, Laos PDR and Vietnam to establish networks by end of 2016; and Cambodia, Yemen by end 2017.

RLY_9837The two-day programme included speakers from the Government of Japan, highlighting the emerging work of the Nutrition Japan initiative, in addition to global and national business leaders from Cargill, Engro Foods, Wilmar, BASF, Nutrifood, Bungasari Flour Mills, TNS Global, DSM, TetraPak, Ajinomoto aDSC_6400nd Unilever, shared their work in addressing malnutrition. Representatives from Grow Asia, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Business Watch Indonesia, Alive & Thrive and BSR HerProject also presented on how to partner with business. The Government of Japan have expressed a desire to develop training on business engagement for SUN countries with SBN (will host an event with SBN in Tokyo, November 2016, for SUN Countries). World Economic Forum Grow Asia also participated the workshop and would like to develop a partnership with SBN. Finally the Gates Foundation have committed to funding an SBN regional coordinator for Asia for 6 months (until June 2016).

SBN has now mapped business engagement priorities for 32 out of the 56 SUN countries and aim to reach further through the next regional workshop in West Africa in the second half of 2016. The full report from the Asia workshop and outcomes on priorities mapped in Asian countries will be shared shortly. 

Full report coming soon.

See the full agenda here

Presentations

Outline of Workshop Objectives & Scene Setting

Dr. Yasuhiko Toride, Director of Nutrition Improvement Projects, Ajinomoto

Hiroyuki Okajima, Offices of Health and Medical Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan

Joanthan Tench. Manager & Country Support, SUN Business Network

Agriculture, Business and Nutrition

Nomindelger Bayasgalanbat, Regional Nutrition Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Scaling Up Food Fortification

Budianto Wijaya, Sales and Marketing Director, PT Bungasari Flour Mills Indonesia

Tran Khanh Van, Program Coordinator, National Institute of Nutrition, Government of Vietnam

Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, Assistant Secretary of Health, National Nutrition Council, Government of Philippines

Dr. Haeri Roh Schmidt, General Manager, PT DSM Nutritional Products Indonesia

Consumer-Focused Approaches to Scale Up Nutrition

Marti Van Liere, Director, Nutritious Foods for Children and Mothers, GAIN

Budi Haryanto, Creative Partner, Playgroup Advertising, Indonesia (presentation)

Budi Haryanto, Creative Partner, Playgroup Advertising, Indonesia (video)

Dr. Grace Piscesianita, Social and Professional Marketing, PT Unilever Indonesia (video)

Anders Pernqvist, Marketing Director, Tetra Pak Indonesia

Strengthening Nutrition in the Workplace

Kristina Spiegel, Corporate Engagement & Global Platform, SUN Business Network

Roger Mathisen, Regional Technical Advisor, Alive and Thrive

Veronika Ratri, Business Watch Indonesia

Angelique Dewi Permatasari, Head of Division Marketing Communication, PT Nutrifood Indonesia

Building a Private Sector Engagement Strategy

Jonathan Tench, Manager & Country Support, SUN Business Network, & Hannah Theobald, Senior Associate, Program Development, GAIN

Christine Campeau, Policy Advisor, SUN Networks, SUN Movement Secretariat

Dr. Mubarik Ali, Member Food Security, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan

Stefanus Indrayana, SBN Indonesia; GM Corporate Communications, Indofood

Vandana Krishna, SUN Focal Point, Director General, RJMC Health and Nutrition Mission, Government of Maharashtra

SUN Business Network Asia Regional Workshop

3-4 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

The SUN Business Network (SBN) held its second regional workshop in Asia, hosted in Indonesia, 3 -4 December 2015, hosted by the Government of Indonesia and Indofood. Over 100 delegates from 13 SUN countries in the region attended (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Indian state of Maharashtra, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Yemen), as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society, UN Agencies and Donors.

SUN Lead Group member Dr. Nina Sardjunani, Indonesia SUN Government Focal Point Dr. Ir. Subandi, Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN and Axton Salim, Director, Indofood and SBN Advisory Group co-chair, opened the workshop, calling on businesses to identify areas in their value chains to improve nutrition in support of SUN country national plans. Axton Salim highlighted from the business perspective, ‘I am convinced that business needs nutrition as much as nutrition needs business’.

At the workshop, SUN countries developed priority areas for business engagement and time frames for requesting support from SBN to build national business networks. In particular, agriculture, fortification and supply-chains/workforce emerged as top priorities for business engagement. Over 2016, Indonesia and Pakistan SBNs will continue to recruit members to national platforms. Moreover, following the workshop SBN will work with Philippines and Sri Lanka to develop national business networks over the next 6 months; Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Nepal, Laos PDR and Vietnam to establish networks by end of 2016; and Cambodia, Yemen by end 2017.

RLY_9837The two-day programme included speakers from the Government of Japan, highlighting the emerging work of the Nutrition Japan initiative, in addition to global and national business leaders from Cargill, Engro Foods, Wilmar, BASF, Nutrifood, Bungasari Flour Mills, TNS Global, DSM, TetraPak, Ajinomoto aDSC_6400nd Unilever, shared their work in addressing malnutrition. Representatives from Grow Asia, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Business Watch Indonesia, Alive & Thrive and BSR HerProject also presented on how to partner with business. The Government of Japan have expressed a desire to develop training on business engagement for SUN countries with SBN (will host an event with SBN in Tokyo, November 2016, for SUN Countries). World Economic Forum Grow Asia also participated the workshop and would like to develop a partnership with SBN. Finally the Gates Foundation have committed to funding an SBN regional coordinator for Asia for 6 months (until June 2016).

SBN has now mapped business engagement priorities for 32 out of the 56 SUN countries and aim to reach further through the next regional workshop in West Africa in the second half of 2016. The full report from the Asia workshop and outcomes on priorities mapped in Asian countries will be shared shortly. 

Full report coming soon.

See the full agenda here

Presentations

Outline of Workshop Objectives & Scene Setting

Dr. Yasuhiko Toride, Director of Nutrition Improvement Projects, Ajinomoto

Hiroyuki Okajima, Offices of Health and Medical Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan

Joanthan Tench. Manager & Country Support, SUN Business Network

Agriculture, Business and Nutrition

Nomindelger Bayasgalanbat, Regional Nutrition Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Scaling Up Food Fortification

Budianto Wijaya, Sales and Marketing Director, PT Bungasari Flour Mills Indonesia

Tran Khanh Van, Program Coordinator, National Institute of Nutrition, Government of Vietnam

Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, Assistant Secretary of Health, National Nutrition Council, Government of Philippines

Dr. Haeri Roh Schmidt, General Manager, PT DSM Nutritional Products Indonesia

Consumer-Focused Approaches to Scale Up Nutrition

Marti Van Liere, Director, Nutritious Foods for Children and Mothers, GAIN

Budi Haryanto, Creative Partner, Playgroup Advertising, Indonesia (presentation)

Budi Haryanto, Creative Partner, Playgroup Advertising, Indonesia (video)

Dr. Grace Piscesianita, Social and Professional Marketing, PT Unilever Indonesia (video)

Anders Pernqvist, Marketing Director, Tetra Pak Indonesia

Strengthening Nutrition in the Workplace

Kristina Spiegel, Corporate Engagement & Global Platform, SUN Business Network

Roger Mathisen, Regional Technical Advisor, Alive and Thrive

Veronika Ratri, Business Watch Indonesia

Angelique Dewi Permatasari, Head of Division Marketing Communication, PT Nutrifood Indonesia

Building a Private Sector Engagement Strategy

Jonathan Tench, Manager & Country Support, SUN Business Network, & Hannah Theobald, Senior Associate, Program Development, GAIN

Christine Campeau, Policy Advisor, SUN Networks, SUN Movement Secretariat

Dr. Mubarik Ali, Member Food Security, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan

Stefanus Indrayana, SBN Indonesia; GM Corporate Communications, Indofood

Vandana Krishna, SUN Focal Point, Director General, RJMC Health and Nutrition Mission, Government of Maharashtra

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