The challenge of providing optimal infant and young child nutrition is complex and multi-faceted. In the Asia-Pacific region, this includes meeting the challenge that the dual burden of over- and under-nutrition poses. The Asia Pacific Infant and Young Child Nutrition Association is a not-for-profit organization set up to improve the nutritional wellbeing of infants and young children throughout the Asia Pacific. In line with World Health Organization’s position, we support exclusive breastfeeding as the best option for infants for the first six months of life. Thereafter, we advocate the continued breastfeeding with timely, safe and appropriate complementary feeding. As an organization with stakeholders that include parents, caregivers, healthcare professionals, regulators and policy-makers, our mission is to:
– Ensure that the infant and young child nutrition industry adopts standards that are reflective of the requirements of each country where we operate, through collective action
– Support local associations in the region in their engagement with their stakeholders
– Represent the interests of the infant and young child nutrition industry
APIYCNA was formed in 2010 and is headquartered in Singapore. It comprises six member companies who have a global presence in nutrition products – Abbott Nutrition, Danone Asia Pacific, FrieslandCampina, Nestle, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Wyeth Nutrition. The association is also a member of the International Special Dietary Food Industries (ISDI) , the leading international expert association on special dietary foods. Identifying and implementing optimal nutrition solutions requires multi-stakeholder cooperation. It is APIYCNA’s aim to achieve this by collaborating with our partners and stakeholders to understand the specific nutritional needs in each country where we operate. We are also committed to scientific and medical research and our members stand ready to share their knowledge, expertise, insights and resources with stakeholders to identify nutritional issues and to devise relevant policy frameworks to ensure that as many children as possible get the best nutritional start in life. Through these actions, APIYCNA hopes to create a more conducive environment for the infant and young child nutrition industry and our partners and stakeholders, including a conducive market and environment where we can continue to inform and educate consumers about optimal infant and young child nutrition.