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Production of Ready-to-Use Food (RUF): An overview of the steps and challenges involved in the “local” production of RUF

Author: Marie-Pierre Duclercq
Year: 2014
Resource type: Report

Over the past decade Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) has been adopted by over 60 countries to help treat acute malnutrition in children under five and reduce childhood mortality. A rapid expansion in coverage occurred since CMAM’s initial piloting in 2000, followed by the 2007 Joint Statement on Community-based Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition1 released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). In this document the use of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) was recommended to treat children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with appetite and without complications through an outpatient-based approach. Recently a number of similar products known as Ready-to-Use Foods (RUF) or Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements (LNS) have been developed, directed at treating and/or preventing moderate acute malnutrition (MAM)2 or for preventing micronutrient deficiencies or stunting. 

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