Integral to our model is to manufacture life-saving and life-enhancing products within the countries or regions in which they are to be used to maximise social and economic value (see local benefits for more details).
With funding received from Irish Aid, VALID is well advanced in developing a range of new RUF recipes made exclusively from locally available crops. An efficacy trial of a new RUTF receipe was completed recently in the DRC as an alternative to the existing and expensive peanut-milk based formulation. Due to the absence of milk content, the cost of the new product will be significantly less, and a switch to this recipe would therefore substantially reduce the cost per child treated and per life saved. Furthermore, it would result in substantial benefits for the agricultural sector in the countries involved.