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Therapeutic foods 'help feed hungry children'

01 November 2011

The American Peanut Council, the non-profit trade association that represents all segments of the US peanut industry, has announced $4.4 million 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 (USAID), under the USAID Food for Peace program. The RUTFs are expected to reach more than 70,000 malnourished children beginning next month.

"This was an important and gratifying public-private partnership and because of it, we are able to feed 70,000 kids on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa with therapeutic food made from American peanuts,” said Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID.

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.

"Knowing the US peanut industry has made this commitment to the children and families in regions in need is deeply satisfying. We're honoured to have even a small role in helping to save lives," said George Birdsong, Chairman of the American Peanut Council’s committee on hunger.


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