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.
At the Global Hunger Today Conference, Dr Steve Collins raised challenging questions about undue delays in the implementation of robust, scientific evidence that can transform the numbers of malnourished children receiving treatment within existing budgets.
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.
Change Leader Interview: Dr. Steve Collins