The VALID Nutrition charity has been instrumental in pioneering the establishment of local manufacturing capacity for the production of ready-to-use foods (RUTs), in developing countries requiring them.
This effort commenced in 2005, when VALID first set up our own factory in Malawi to research and manufacture ready-to-use foods, with the aim of treating and preventing malnutrition whilst directly maximising social and economic impact. Despite its modest size, the success of the local factory in Malawi represented the ‘proof of concept’ that VALID’s local production (‘farm-to-mouth’) model is a long-term and sustainable approach to tackling malnutrition. Our factory provided clear evidence of the broader developmental value and impact of what we do – compared to manufacturing RUFs in Europe or the USA.
INDIA & KENYA
Based on our experience in Malawi, VALID Nutrition has also collaborated with both Amul Dairy (India) and INSTA Products Ltd. (Kenya) – providing technical support to each with the establishment of their state of the art, ready-to-use foods factories in India and Kenya respectively. VALID’s aim here is to stimulate and reform the global ready-to-use food market in a progressive way, by introducing significant competition and ensuring additional social and economic impacts through local sourcing and production. In the case of Amul, the particular relevance of location is that India accounts for 40% of all cases of severe acute malnutrition globally.
Amul is an Indian dairy cooperative based in the state of Gujarat. Like VALID, it is a social enterprise and was formed in 1946 by the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union. The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) was then created to manage the Amul brand and market the co-operative’s products. Today, the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union is jointly owned by 3.6 million local milk producers in Gujarat. Some 70% of producer members are small, marginal farmers and landless labourers, including a sizeable population of people belonging to tribal groups and scheduled castes (historically marginalised groups). Amul drove India’s White Revolution, which made the country the world’s largest producer of milk and milk products. It is now the largest food brand in India and sells many of its products in markets overseas.
Dr Steve Collins gives a hugely informative and enlightened interview to ENN podcast while discussing his candid Reflections on the UN Global Action Plan on Wasting.
The ground-breaking results from a clinical trial of a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) product made without milk or animal source protein and undertaken in Malawi in 2016, were recently unveiled by VALID Nutrition’s Founder, Dr Steve Collins.
Food Assistance for Nutrition Evidence Summit on June 27th and 28th, 2018 in Washington D.C.
“It is scandalous that a product with several critical advantages and high quality scientific evidence to support it, can be blocked because of bureaucracy and vested interests”