What we do: Research & Development | Local production

Research & Development

VALID’s goal in alternative recipe development is to reduce cost of production in order to increase the number of treated children suffering from malnutrition, and to promote social and economic impact in developing countries by sourcing as many ingredients from local smallholder farmers as possible and improving crop diversity and sustainable agricultural practices.

Please refer to the Publications section of our website to access our published articles on our various product trials.

Acute malnutrition (starvation)

Various new recipes are undergoing field trials in Malawi and other countries in Africa. These new recipes use more locally grown ingredients such as soy, maize, sorghum or chickpea, and substitute part or all the milk powder that forms the basis of the current standard milk-peanut Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food recipe.

Chronic malnutrition (stunting)

VALID Nutrition is currently undertaking an acceptability trial of a “Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF)” with optimised micronutrient content to increase the efficacy of the product in preventing and treating stunting.


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”

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