US peanut firms fight malnutrition in Africa

Shaun Weston1 Nov 2011

The American Peanut Council has announced that $4.4m of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs) have been procured from three American firms.

Peanut paste is a critical ingredient in RUTFs, now the protocol for treating severe acute malnutrition. The food will help feed and treat hungry children in the Horn of Africa, a region suffering from severe drought and malnutrition.

The RUTFs were secured through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Agency for International Development (USID), under the USID Food for Peace programme. The RUTFs are expected to reach more than 70,000 malnourished children beginning next month.

In 2007, the US peanut industry launched Peanut Butter for the Hungry, a humanitarian initiative to support the development of nutrient-rich and therapeutic foods for severely malnourished children around the world.

Source: American Peanut Council